yodelling

yodel

[yohd-l]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), yodeled, yodeling or (especially British) yodelled, yodelling.
1.
to sing with frequent changes from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again, in the manner of Swiss and Tyrolean mountaineers.
2.
to call or shout in a similar fashion.
noun
3.
a song, refrain, etc., so sung.
4.
a call or shout so uttered.
Also, yodle.


Origin:
1865–70; < German jodeln

yodeler, noun
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yodel (ˈjəʊdəl)
 
n
1.  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
 
vb , -dels, -delling, -delled, -dels, -deling, -deled
2.  to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used
 
[C19: from German jodeln, of imitative origin]
 
'yodeller
 
n

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yodel
1827, from Ger. jodeln, from dial. Ger. jo, an exclamation of joy, of imitative origin.
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