warble

  • 1 warble — warble1 [wôr′bəl] vt. warbled, warbling [ME werblen < NormFr werbler < Frank * wirbilon, akin to Ger wirbeln, to whirl, warble] 1. to sing (a song, notes, etc.) melodiously, with trills, quavers, runs, etc., as a bird does 2. to express in… …

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  • 2 Warble — War ble, v. i. 1. To be quavered or modulated; to be uttered melodiously. [1913 Webster] Such strains ne er warble in the linnet s throat. Gay. [1913 Webster] 3. To sing in a trilling manner, or with many turns and variations. Birds on the… …

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  • 3 Warble — War ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Warbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Warbling}.] [OE. werbelen, OF. werbler; of Teutonic origin; cf. G. wirbeln to turn, to warble, D. wervelen, akin to E. whirl. See {Whirl}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sing in a trilling,… …

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  • 4 Warble — War ble, n. A quavering modulation of the voice; a musical trill; a song. [1913 Webster] And he, the wondrous child, Whose silver warble wild Outvalued every pulsing sound. Emerson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Warble — War ble, n. [Cf. {Wormil}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Far.) (a) A small, hard tumor which is produced on the back of a horse by the heat or pressure of the saddle in traveling. (b) A small tumor produced by the larv[ae] of the gadfly in the backs of… …

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  • 6 warble — (v.) c.1300, from O.N.Fr. werbler to sing with trills and quavers, from Frank. *werbilon (Cf. O.H.G. wirbil whirlwind, Ger. Wirbel whirl, whirlpool, tuning peg, vertebra, M.Du. wervelen to turn, whirl ); see WHIRL (Cf. whirl). The noun meaning… …

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  • 7 warble — vb *sing, troll, carol, descant, trill, hymn, chant, intone …

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  • 8 warble — ► VERB 1) (of a bird) sing softly and with a succession of constantly changing notes. 2) (of a person) sing in a trilling or quavering voice. ► NOUN ▪ a warbling sound or utterance. ORIGIN Old French werbler; related to WHIRL(Cf. ↑whirl) …

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  • 9 warble — UK [ˈwɔː(r)b(ə)l] / US [ˈwɔrb(ə)l] verb Word forms warble : present tense I/you/we/they warble he/she/it warbles present participle warbling past tense warbled past participle warbled 1) [intransitive/transitive] humorous to sing, especially in a …

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  • 10 warble — [[t]wɔ͟ː(r)b(ə)l[/t]] warbles, warbling, warbled 1) VERB When a bird warbles, it sings pleasantly. The bird continued to warble... [V n] A flock of birds was already warbling a cheerful morning chorus. 2) VERB If someone warbles, they sing in a… …

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  • 11 warble — Wormil Wor mil, n. [Cf. 1st {Warble}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any botfly larva which burrows in or beneath the skin of domestic and wild animals, thus producing sores. They belong to various species of {Hypoderma} and allied genera.… …

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  • 12 warble — I. noun Etymology: Middle English werble tune, from Old French (Picard dialect), from werbler to sing expressively, trill, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch wervelen to turn, Old High German wirbil whirlwind more at whirl Date: 14th… …

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  • 13 warble — war·ble wȯr bəl n 1) a swelling under the hide esp. of the back of cattle, horses, and wild mammals caused by the maggot of a botfly or warble fly 2) the maggot of a warble fly war·bled bəld adj …

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  • 14 warble — [14] The etymological notion underlying the word warble is of ‘whirling around’; its application to sounds, originally in the sense ‘whirl of notes, trill’, is a secondary development. It was borrowed from Old Northern French werbler, a… …

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  • 15 warble —   n. small tumour of horse, especially under saddle, or caused by warble fly.    ♦ warble fly, fly with larvae living under skin of cattle, etc …

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  • 16 warble — [14] The etymological notion underlying the word warble is of ‘whirling around’; its application to sounds, originally in the sense ‘whirl of notes, trill’, is a secondary development. It was borrowed from Old Northern French werbler, a… …

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  • 17 warble — 1. v. & n. v. 1 intr. & tr. sing in a gentle trilling manner. 2 tr. a speak or utter in a warbling manner. b express in a song or verse (warbled his love). n. a warbled song or utterance. Etymology: ME f. ONF werble(r) f. Frank. hwirbilon whirl,… …

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  • 18 warble — warble1 /wawr beuhl/, v., warbled, warbling, n. v.i. 1. to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments: The canary warbled most of the day. 2. to yodel. 3. (of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying… …

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  • 19 warble — verb Warble is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bird …

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  • 20 warble — war|ble [ˈwo:bəl US ˈwo:r ] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old North French; Origin: werbler] 1.) to sing with a high continuous but quickly changing sound, the way a bird does 2.) [I and T] to sing, especially not very well used humorously ▪ Mills… …

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