yodel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v yodel sing by changing register; sing by yodeling "The Austrians were yodeling in the mountains"
    • n yodel a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yodel A song sung by yodeling, as by the Swiss mountaineers.
    • v. t. & i Yodel 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • yodel To sing with frequent changes from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again, after the manner of the mountaineers of Switzerland and Tyrol.
    • n yodel A song or refrain in which there are frequent changes from the ordinary voice to a falsetto. Also sometimes called warble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Yodel yō′dl to sing, changing frequently from the ordinary voice to falsetto and back again after the manner of the mountaineers of the Tyrol
    • n Yodel a song sung in this fashion—also Jō′del
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. jodeln,

Usage

In literature:

The playful yodeling of many voices in chorus was heard at the close of each song.
"Old Indian Days" by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
The case of Yodel, the auctioneer, was even more inscrutable.
"Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" by Stephen Leacock
His junior clerks whistle continuously, his liftmen yodel, his typists sing.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 1, 1920" by Various
And who would have the heart to put the ban on a yodel that begins in our kitchenette at 7 A.M., even on cloudy mornin's?
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Every morning you will hear his cry, a sort of yodel, or bird-call, peculiar to him, with which he bursts forth upon the world.
"By The Sea" by Heman White Chaplin
Suddenly the mountaineers loosed their hold upon him, and waving their caps began to yodel in a transport of joy.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
The yodeling abruptly stopped, and a man appeared round a corner of rock beyond the green plateau.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
With a wild yodeling yell he sprang forward.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
It immediately became a case of he who laughs first, lives to yodel.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
He yodeled real good, about Korse Lenken.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
If she is, she'll wake up lively when she hears my yodel.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
But he did not yodel in the yard or whistle under the window.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
The coach rolled with loud yodeling to the Porter door, where there was much laughing and bantering as the guests settled into their places.
"The Main Chance" by Meredith Nicholson
Immediately there was an answer to the yodel.
"The Automobile Girls Along the Hudson" by Laura Dent Crane
Finally, acting on a sudden impulse, I stood up in our carriage and yodeled for him, ending with a long trill.
"Memoirs of an American Prima Donna" by Clara Louise Kellogg
The boys whooped out a yodel as soon as they came in sight, and waved their hats.
"The Motor Girls in the Mountains" by Margaret Penrose
But how he would yodel.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
And I'm learning to yodel too.
"Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad" by John Kendrick Bangs
And now was heard a yodel, so vigorous and joyful.
"Rudy and Babette" by Hans Christian Andersen
Fedario admitted I 'sabied' beautifully, and Pedro declared the horses knew my yodel.
"Jane Allen: Center" by Edith Bancroft
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In poetry:

The Tyrolean's hat is smart,
He yodels and is light of heart;
His yodelling is very sweet;
His stockings haven't any feet.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
No person that I ever knew
Could "yodel" half as well as COO,
And Highlanders exclaimed, "Eh, weel!"
When COO began to dance a reel.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And I think of my Neta my sweet Senorita
And as I ride along
Neath the bright stars above
My heart turns to love,
I yodel for her this sweet song
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher
They call me "The Scum," the saddle tramp bum
And ever since that old day
When I quit the strife of the cowpunchin' life
To travel and yodel and play
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher
Just a plain saddle tramp from the ranch to the camp
Just drifting near and far
A horseback I'm a bum as I yodel and strum
My old six-string Spanish guitar.
"The Saddle Tramp" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Jewel is a big yodeler.
Ian Thomas performing "Blue Yodel #15" at WDVX.
Not Much to Yodel About.
Country Yodeler Kicks Off The Voice.
About 10,000 yodelers, flag throwers and alpine horn players are taking part in the four-day festival, which is held every three years.
A Japanese Yodeler and a Cappella Showtunes.
INTERVIEWS Hear Ke$ha's 'Warrior': Iggy Pop, the Strokes, and Ghost Sex (Plus Yodeling ).
A yodeling contest and judging of Swiss Costumes in several categories were held Saturday at the 60th Ohio Swiss Festival.
In fact, one group of singing cowboys, Riders in the Sky, yodel a lot, and they even have a song about the source of the Western yodel .
The website Yodel Course (www.yodelcourse.org) has a section it calls "yodelops," which is short for opportunities to yodel .
There are designated spots on the path to yodel .
Yodeling in Alpine Country.
Love stories, politics, yodeling , and more: Frameline 34 short takes.
Enjoy the unique art of cat yodeling .
Adopt a yodeling cat from Petfinder.com.
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