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[yohd-l] /ˈyoʊd l/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), yodeled, yodeling or (especially British) yodelled, yodelling.
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.
Also, yodle.
1865-70; < German jodeln
Related forms
yodeler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yodel
  • As the beagle boogies through the brush, she begins to bay, a musical yodel of barking.
  • In theory, a defendant could be released for so long as he can stand on one leg and yodel, and no longer.
  • The only other call that comes close to it for immediate recognition is the yodel and tremolo of the common loon.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
verb -dels, -delling, -delled (US) -dels, -deling, -deled
to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used
Derived Forms
yodeller, noun
Word Origin
C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for yodel

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

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Encyclopedia Article for yodel

type of singing in which high falsetto and low chest notes are rapidly alternated; its production is helped by the enunciation of open and closed vowels on the low and high notes of wide intervals. Yodeling is also used as a means of communicating over moderate distances by the inhabitants of mountainous regions. It is associated with the Alpine peoples of Switzerland and the Austrian Tirol. But it is found also in other mountain regions (e.g., in China and the Americas) and among the Pygmies of Africa and the Aboriginal peoples of Australia

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