or yo·dle

[ yohd-l ]
/ ˈyoʊd l /

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.


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
Related formsyo·del·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yodeler


/ (ˈjəʊdəl) /


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 Formsyodeller, noun

Word Origin for yodel

C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yodeler


1827, from German jodeln, from dialectal German jo, an exclamation of joy, of imitative origin.

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