The tea kettle whistled on the stove.
Whistle a tune.
I whistled down a cab. The referee whistled that the play was dead.
An example of a whistle is what a referee blows in a soccer game.
An example of whistle is for a bird to sing out a tune.
Never whistle at a funeral.
She was whistling a happy tune.
A bullet whistled past.
- To expose a wrongdoing in the hope of bringing it to a halt:An attorney who blew the whistle on governmental corruption.
- To attempt to keep one's courage up.
- to report or inform (on)
- to cause to stop; call a halt (to)
- extremely clean
- to take a drink
- to seek, expect, or demand but fail to get
- to pretend to be confident when faced with danger or defeat
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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