- to sing with frequent changes from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again, in the manner of Swiss and Tyrolean mountaineers.
- to call or shout in a similar fashion.
- a song, refrain, etc., so sung.
- a call or shout so uttered.
Origin of yodel
First recorded in 1865–70, yodel is from the German word jodeln
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Related Words for yodelerartist, musician, voice, diva, soloist, crooner, vocalist, troubadour, songbird, songster, minstrel, artiste, warbler, chorister, accompanist, chanter, nightingale, chanteuse, intoner, melodist
- 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
- to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used
Word Origin for yodel
C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin
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1827, from German jodeln, from dialectal German jo, an exclamation of joy, of imitative origin.
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