- to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments: The canary warbled most of the day.
- to yodel.
- (of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying regularly in pitch and frequency.
- to sing (an aria or other selection) with trills, quavers, or melodious turns.
- to express or celebrate in or as if in song; carol.
- a warbled song or succession of melodic trills, quavers, etc.
- the act of warbling.
Origin of warble1
- a small, hard tumor on a horse's back, produced by the galling of the saddle.
- a lump in the skin of an animal's back, containing the larva of a warble fly.
Origin of warble2
Examples from the Web for warble
Carol and warble are especially applied to the singing of birds.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
Who teaches the young chipper to trill, and the young linnet to warble?Birds in the Bush
He used to wake her in the morning with a kiss, and warble his little greeting.In a Cheshire Garden
Some imitate the songs of other birds and warble very sweetly.
Her warble resembled that of the male, but was neither so strong nor so varied.
- to sing (words, songs, etc) with trills, runs, and other embellishments
- (tr) to utter in a song
- US another word for yodel
- the act or an instance of warbling
- a small lumpy abscess under the skin of cattle caused by infestation with larvae of the warble fly
- a hard tumorous lump of tissue on a horse's back, caused by prolonged friction of a saddle
Word Origin and History for warble
c.1300, from Old North French werbler "to sing with trills and quavers," from Frankish *werbilon (cf. Old High German wirbil "whirlwind," German Wirbel "whirl, whirlpool, tuning peg, vertebra," Middle Dutch wervelen "to turn, whirl"); see whirl. The noun meaning "tune, melody" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Warbled; warbling.