- 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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Examples from the Web for yodle
Maybe it's C'nelius's yodle; he's been listening for it for a solid week.John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
Her lips parted and from her throat came a long, mellow cry not unlike the yodle of the Tyrol.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
The yodle (a rolling toowhee toowhee, etc.) is commonest in a flock from birds remaining in one locality, not traveling.
The yodle probably corresponds in significance with that of the greater yellow-legs—location.
- a variant spelling of yodel
- 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
C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for yodle
1827, from German jodeln, from dialectal German jo, an exclamation of joy, of imitative origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper