verb (used with or without object), yo·deled, yo·del·ing, or (especially British) yo·delled, yo·del·ling.

  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.


  1. a song, refrain, etc., so sung.
  2. a call or shout so uttered.


  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

verb -dels, -delling or -delled or US -dels, -deling or -deled

  1. to sing (a song) in which a yodel is used

1827, from German jodeln, from dialectal German jo, an exclamation of joy, of imitative origin.

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