transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to sing (a song, notes, etc.) melodiously, with trills, quavers, runs, etc., as a bird does
- to express in song
Origin of warbleMiddle English werblen from Norman French werbler from Frankish an unverified form wirbilon, akin to German wirbeln, to whirl, warble
- to sing melodiously, with trills, etc.
- the act of warbling
- a warbling sound; trill
- a small, hard tumor on the back of a horse, caused by the rubbing and pressing of a saddle
- a lump or swelling under the hide of an animal, esp. on the back, caused by the presence of a larva of a botfly, esp. a warble fly
Origin of warbleprobably from Scand, as in obsolete Swedish varbulde, a boil from var, pus + bulde, tumor
verbwar·bled, war·bling, war·bles
- To sing with trills, runs, or quavers.
- To be sounded in a trilling or quavering manner.
Origin of warbleMiddle English werbelen from Old North French werbler dialectal variant of Old French guerbler to sing in a certain way (perhaps by modulating) of Germanic origin Middle Dutch wervelen Old Norse hvirfla to whirl
- a. An abscessed boillike swelling on the back of cattle, deer, and certain other animals, caused by the larva of a warble fly.b. The warble fly, especially in its larval stage.
- A hard lump of tissue on a riding horse's back caused by rubbing of the saddle.
Origin of warbleProbably of Scandinavian origin obsolete Swedish varbulde
(third-person singular simple present warbles, present participle warbling, simple past and past participle warbled)
From Middle English werble, (at least for the noun) from Frankish werbel (mole cricket), cognate to Walloon waerbea.