[ wawr-buh l ]
/ ˈwɔr bəl /

verb (used without object), war·bled, war·bling.

verb (used with object), war·bled, war·bling.

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.

Nearby words

  1. warangal,
  2. waratah,
  3. warb,
  4. warbeck,
  5. warbeck, perkin,
  6. warble fly,
  7. warbler,
  8. warbling vireo,
  9. warburg,
  10. warburg, otto heinrich

Origin of warble

1300–50; Middle English werble a tune < Old North French < Germanic; compare Old High German werbel something that turns, equivalent to werb- (cognate with Old English hweorf- in hweorfan to turn) + -el noun suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for warbling


/ (ˈwɔːbəl) /


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

Word Origin for warble

C14: via Old French werbler from Germanic; compare Frankish hwirbilōn (unattested), Old High German wirbil whirlwind; see whirl


/ (ˈwɔːbəl) /

noun vet science

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
Derived Formswarbled, adjective

Word Origin for warble

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for warbling



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.

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