[ yohd-l ]
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verb (used with or without object),yo·deled, yo·del·ing, or (especially British) yo·delled, yo·del·ling.
  1. to sing with frequent changes from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again, in the manner of Swiss and Tyrolean mountaineers.

  2. to call or shout in a similar fashion.

  1. a song, refrain, etc., so sung.

  2. a call or shout so uttered.

Origin of yodel

First recorded in 1835–40, from southern German dialect jodeln, from jo, an exclamation
  • Sometimes yo·dle .

Other words from yodel

  • yo·del·er, noun

Words Nearby yodel

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How to use yodel in a sentence

  • Away in the distance coyotes lifted their yodel, half jocular, half mournful, as a maudlin drunkard sings dolefully a merry tune.

    The Heritage of the Hills | Arthur P. Hankins
  • Then I discovered that there is a trill, a tiny grace note or yodel, at the end of his second note.

    Wilderness Ways | William J Long
  • Jane Abbott turned and looked down, amazed that the mountain girl should have the effrontery to yodel to her.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain | Grace May North

British Dictionary definitions for yodel


/ (ˈjəʊdəl) /

  1. an effect produced in singing by an abrupt change of register from the chest voice to falsetto, esp in popular folk songs of the Swiss Alps

verb-dels, -delling or -delled or US -dels, -deling or -deled
  1. to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used

Origin of yodel

C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin

Derived forms of yodel

  • yodeller, noun

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