To yodel is to sing with a rapid, dramatic change in pitch. When you yodel, your voice veers quickly between a low register and a very high falsetto.

When someone yodels, it can sound almost like a strange cry, and you can call this sound itself a yodel as well. The yodel is often connected with the Bavarian alps, where it has a long rural tradition, although people in parts of Central Africa have long used a yodel as a form of communication, and it's been part of US country music since the 1920s. The German root word is jodeln, "to utter the syllable jo."

Definitions of yodel
  1. noun
    a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. verb
    sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
    “The Austrians were yodeling in the mountains”
    synonyms: descant, warble
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    type of:
    produce tones with the voice
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