Meaning of yaffle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjafl/


another term for green woodpecker
‘Today, the references tell us that in many English country dialects, from Yorkshire south to Kent and west to Devon, the green woodpecker was called a yaffle.’
  • ‘The largest of the three species of wood pecker found in Britain, Green Woodpeckers are also easily recognized by their laughing ‘yaffle’ call.’
  • ‘The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis, sometimes called Yaffle) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae.’


Late 18th century imitative of its call.