A man blows a whistle.
- The definition of a whistle is a clear, high, shrill sound, or a device for making such a sound.
An example of a whistle is what a referee blows in a soccer game.
- Whistle is defined as to make a clear, high and shrill sound.
An example of whistle is for a bird to sing out a tune.
intransitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- to make a clear, shrill sound or note, or a series of these, by forcing breath between the teeth or through a narrow opening made by puckering the lips
- to make a similar sound by sending steam through a small opening
- to make a clear, shrill cry: said of some birds and animals
- to move, pass, go, etc. with a high, shrill sound, as the wind
- to blow a whistle
- to have its whistle blown: the train whistled
Origin of whistleMiddle English whistlen from Old English hwistlian: for Indo-European base see whisper
- to produce (a tune, etc.) by whistling
- to summon, signal, direct, etc. by whistling
- Sports: said of a referee
- to call (a player or coach) for a rules infraction by blowing a whistle
- to suspend (play, or a play) by blowing a whistle
- an instrument for making whistling sounds, as by forcing the breath or steam through a slit into a cavity or against a thin edge
- a clear, shrill sound made by whistling or blowing a whistle
- the act of whistling
- a signal, summons, etc. made by whistling
- a whistling sound, as of the wind
blow the whistle (on)Informal
- to report or inform (on)
- to cause to stop; call a halt (to)
clean as a whistle
wet one's whistle
whistle in the dark
verbwhis·tled, whis·tling, whis·tles
- To produce a clear musical sound by forcing air through the teeth or through an aperture formed by pursing the lips.
- To produce a clear, shrill, sharp musical sound by passing air over or through an opening: The tea kettle whistled on the stove.
- a. To produce a high-pitched sound when moving swiftly through the air: The stone whistled past my head.b. To produce a high-pitched sound by the rapid movement of air through an opening or past an obstruction: Wind whistled through the cracks in the windows.
- To emit a shrill, sharp, high-pitched cry, as some birds and other animals.
- To produce by whistling: whistle a tune.
- To summon, signal, or direct by whistling: I whistled down a cab. The referee whistled that the play was dead.
- Sports To signal a rule infraction committed by (a player).
- a. A small wind instrument for making whistling sounds by means of the breath.b. A device for making whistling sounds by means of forced air or steam: a factory whistle.
- A sound produced by a whistling device or by whistling through the lips.
- A whistling sound, as of an animal or projectile.
Origin of whistleMiddle English whistlen from Old English hwistlian
- A device designed to be placed in the mouth in order, or driven by steam or otherwise, to make a whistling sound.
- An act of whistling.
- A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.
- Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) A suit (from whistle and flute).
(third-person singular simple present whistles, present participle whistling, simple past and past participle whistled)
- (intransitive) To make a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth. To produce a whistling sound, restrictions to the flow of air are created using the teeth, tongue and lips.
- Never whistle at a funeral.
- She was whistling a happy tune.
- (intransitive) To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.
- A bullet whistled past.
- To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
Middle English whistlen; Old English hwistlan, from Proto-Germanic *hwistlÅnÄ…