Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To sing so that the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal chest voice and a falsetto.
  • transitive v. To sing (a song) by yodeling.
  • n. A song or cry that is yodeled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sing (a song) in such a way that the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal chest voice and falsetto.
  • n. Such a song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A song sung by yodeling, as by the Swiss mountaineers.
  • v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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. A song or refrain in which there are frequent changes from the ordinary voice to a falsetto. Also sometimes called warble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
  • n. a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto

Etymologies

German jodeln, from German dialectal jo, exclamation of delight, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German jodeln. (Wiktionary)

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  • They hugged and kissed, wept, laughed, sang, yodeled, then raced around like a bunch of maniacs.

    - William Steig, The Toy Brother

    September 15, 2008