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Presumably onomatopoeic. Coined by Josh Sinder and Alex Sibbald of the band Hot Rod Lunatics.[1]


  • (US) IPA(key): /jɑɹl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)l


yarl (plural yarls)

  1. A deep, guttural vocal style with affected pronunciation, characteristic of male grunge and postgrunge singers of the 1990s and early 2000s.
    • 2002, Patrick Berkery, "Record Review", Creative Loafing (Atlanta), 9 January 2002:
      So pontificating on how Weathered's earnest morass of block-headed rage, grunge-lite mega-riffs and singer Scott Stapp's machismo yarl amounts to little more than Pearl Jam circa '91 for dummies is like shooting fish in a barrel.
    • 2008, Michael J. Vaughn, Outro, iUniverse (2008), →ISBN, page 10:
      One of my college kids informed me that the latest acoustic grinder hunk had covered it for a soundtrack — probably with that grungy yarl that everybody ripped off from Eddie Vedder.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:yarl.


yarl (third-person singular simple present yarls, present participle yarling, simple past and past participle yarled)

  1. To sing in this manner.


  1. ^ Jack Endino, "Verb of the Month: 'To Yarl'", Backfire, Summer 2000 issue