Yodle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yodle A song sung by yodeling, as by the Swiss mountaineers.
    • v. t. & i Yodle To sing in a manner common among the Swiss and Tyrolese mountaineers, by suddenly changing from the head voice, or falsetto, to the chest voice, and the contrary; to warble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Yodle to sing, changing frequently from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again after the manner of the mountaineers of the Tyrol
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. jodeln,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. dial. jodeln.

Usage

In literature:

The yodling chorus was a marvel of flute-like modulations.
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
Twice he yodled before the Indian clapped a hand over his mouth.
"Cow-Country" by B. M. Bower
And from the sleeping dale there arose the yodling of a man driving his cattle home.
"Bob, Son of Battle" by Alfred Ollivant
The singer yodles down to the principal tone B.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
She walked up to the footlights and began to yodle softly.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
She saw the drunken Goths reel upon Rome and heard the careless Negroes yodle as they galloped to Toomsville.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The yodling was part of their business, as was the costume.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
But he kept on yelling, whooping, yodling with all his might.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Far and wide I heard question and answer, and a lingering yodle such as the Swiss boys make on the mountains.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Behind him the yard of brass yodled in a manner quite as lordly as before.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
And yodle to the Court at Baden.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
If, in Poe, there is much "rant and rococo," Whitman is mostly yawping and yodling.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Her lips parted and from her throat came a long, mellow cry not unlike the yodle of the Tyrol.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
She would go into the Pinkney yard and yodle.
"The Corner House Girls' Odd Find" by Grace Brooks Hill
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In news:

Court Cunningham is CEO of Yodle, a provider of online marketing services.
Ian Thomas performing "Blue Yodle #15" at WDVX's Blue Plate Special.
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