Definition of yodel in US English:



[no object]
  • Practice a form of singing or calling marked by rapid alternation between the normal voice and falsetto.

    • ‘For her encore, after performing about six songs, she yodeled for a minute and left.’
    • ‘Shoot a full frame of the Swiss Alps, or zoom in on your friend yodeling.’
    • ‘Remembering the advice of a friend whose cabin had been situated in a cow field, I attempted his never-fail cow-luring technique: I yodeled.’
    • ‘No Eurovision would be complete without yodelling.’
    • ‘He yodelled manfully.’
    • ‘There's even a hidden track of some girl yodelling.’
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  • A song, melody, or call delivered by yodeling.

    ‘he heard a yodel from below’
    • ‘It's a good combination, he says - not many bands can scream their guts out and then yodel.’
    • ‘I can't hear her curdling yodel.’
    • ‘And when the moment is right, he unleashes his mad falsetto rebel yell, or West Texas yodel.’
    • ‘With his fingerpicking and his yodel, Sexton takes us to his roots, to the buried sound of another place.’


Early 19th century: from German jodeln.