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Definition of warble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    warble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they warble
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrbl//
     
    he / she / it warbles
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrblz//
     
    past simple warbled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrbld//
     
    past participle warbled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrbld//
     
    -ing form warbling
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] warble (something) | + speech (humorous) to sing, especially in a high voice that is not very steady He warbled his way through the song.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] warble (something) (of a bird) to sing with rapidly changing notes
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘melody’): from Old Northern French werble (noun), werbler (verb), of Germanic origin; related to whirl.

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