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yodel

[ yohd-l ]
/ ˈyoʊd l /
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verb (used with or without object), yo·deled, yo·del·ing, or (especially British) yo·delled, yo·del·ling.
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.
noun
a song, refrain, etc., so sung.
a call or shout so uttered.
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Origin of yodel

First recorded in 1835–40, from southern German dialect jodeln, from jo, an exclamation

OTHER WORDS FROM yodel

yo·del·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yodel

yodel
/ (ˈjəʊdəl) /

noun
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
to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used

Derived forms of yodel

yodeller, noun

Word Origin for yodel

C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin
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