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warble1

[wawr-buh l] /ˈwɔr bəl/
verb (used without object), warbled, warbling.
1.
to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments:
The canary warbled most of the day.
2.
to yodel.
3.
(of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying regularly in pitch and frequency.
verb (used with object), warbled, warbling.
4.
to sing (an aria or other selection) with trills, quavers, or melodious turns.
5.
to express or celebrate in or as if in song; carol.
noun
6.
a warbled song or succession of melodic trills, quavers, etc.
7.
the act of warbling.
Origin of warble1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English werble a tune < Old North French < Germanic; compare Old High German werbel something that turns, equivalent to werb- (cognate with Old English hweorf- in hweorfan to turn) + -el noun suffix

warble2

[wawr-buh l] /ˈwɔr bəl/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
a small, hard tumor on a horse's back, produced by the galling of the saddle.
2.
a lump in the skin of an animal's back, containing the larva of a warble fly.
Origin
1575-85; origin uncertain; compare obsolete Swedish varbulde boil
Related forms
warbled, adjective
unwarbled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for warble
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  • "Treat him rough, warble, you're an awful fool," commented the older woman.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • Her warble resembled that of the male, but was neither so strong nor so varied.

  • The Fairy Nightingale began to warble, and sang them a thousand and one songs.

    The Golden Maiden A. G. Seklemian
  • I lean over a rail to hear what is in the air, liquid with the bluebird's warble.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • I've heard 'em warble in every city in the United States; and I tell you your vocal output don't go.

    Options O. Henry
  • But Rose, for some reason or other, did not warble as usual this morning.

    Septimius Felton Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Petticoat told her that his mother had been living with him, but had fled incontinently on hearing a description of warble.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • We need some birds just to sit around, look pretty, and warble.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The scent was of French powders, perfumes and essences and sachets, such as warble had not smelled since before the war.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • Then her voice's music … call it the well's bubbling, the bird's warble!

British Dictionary definitions for warble

warble1

/ˈwɔːbəl/
verb
1.
to sing (words, songs, etc) with trills, runs, and other embellishments
2.
(transitive) to utter in a song
3.
(US) another word for yodel
noun
4.
the act or an instance of warbling
Word Origin
C14: via Old French werbler from Germanic; compare Frankish hwirbilōn (unattested), Old High German wirbil whirlwind; see whirl

warble2

/ˈwɔːbəl/
noun (vet science)
1.
a small lumpy abscess under the skin of cattle caused by infestation with larvae of the warble fly
2.
a hard tumorous lump of tissue on a horse's back, caused by prolonged friction of a saddle
Derived Forms
warbled, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for warble
v.

c.1300, from Old North French werbler "to sing with trills and quavers," from Frankish *werbilon (cf. Old High German wirbil "whirlwind," German Wirbel "whirl, whirlpool, tuning peg, vertebra," Middle Dutch wervelen "to turn, whirl"); see whirl. The noun meaning "tune, melody" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Warbled; warbling.

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