warble

To warble is to sing in an uneven, quavering voice. You won't win any singing contests if you warble the songs.

Think of the class of song birds known as warblers. They have great songs, but they don't sound quite human. They trill, whistle, vibrate and constantly change pitch. That's a warble. Done well, a human warble can be as engaging as it is difficult. But an old lady with unsteady lungs and vocal chords may also warble, and it is neither deliberate nor very pleasing to the ears.

Definitions of warble
  1. verb
    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    synonyms: quaver, trill
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    type of:
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
  2. verb
    sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
    synonyms: descant, yodel
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    type of:
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
  3. noun
    a lumpy abscess under the hide of domestic mammals caused by larvae of a botfly or warble fly
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    type of:
    animal disease
    a disease that typically does not affect human beings
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