Whistle meaning

wĭsəl, hwĭs-
To produce a clear, shrill, sharp musical sound by passing air over or through an opening.

The tea kettle whistled on the stove.

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To produce a clear musical sound by forcing air through the teeth or through an aperture formed by pursing the lips.
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To produce by whistling.

Whistle a tune.

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To emit a shrill, sharp, high-pitched cry, as some birds and other animals.
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A sound produced by a whistling device or by whistling through the lips.
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To make a clear, shrill cry.
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To summon, signal, or direct by whistling.

I whistled down a cab. The referee whistled that the play was dead.

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(sports) To signal a rule infraction committed by (a player).
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A whistling sound, as of an animal or projectile.
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To move, pass, go, etc. with a high, shrill sound, as the wind.
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To produce (a tune, etc.) by whistling.
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To summon, signal, direct, etc. by whistling.
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An instrument for making whistling sounds, as by forcing the breath or steam through a slit into a cavity or against a thin edge.
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A clear, shrill sound made by whistling or blowing a whistle.
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The act of whistling.
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A signal, summons, etc. made by whistling.
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A whistling sound, as of the wind.
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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.

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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.

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A device designed to be placed in the mouth in order, or driven by steam or otherwise, to make a whistling sound.
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An act of whistling.
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A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.
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Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) A suit (from whistle and flute).
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(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.

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(intransitive) To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.

A bullet whistled past.

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To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
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(slang) blow the whistle
  • To expose a wrongdoing in the hope of bringing it to a halt:
    An attorney who blew the whistle on governmental corruption.
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whistle in the dark
  • To attempt to keep one's courage up.
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(informal) blow the whistle (on)
  • to report or inform (on)
  • to cause to stop; call a halt (to)
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clean as a whistle
  • extremely clean
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wet one's whistle
  • to take a drink
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whistle for
  • to seek, expect, or demand but fail to get
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whistle in the dark
  • to pretend to be confident when faced with danger or defeat
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Origin of whistle

  • Middle English whistlen from Old English hwistlian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English whistlen; Old English hwistlan, from Proto-Germanic *hwistlōną

    From Wiktionary