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whistle

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noun, often attributive whis·tle \ˈhwi-səl, ˈwi-\

Simple Definition of whistle

  • : a small device that makes a very high and loud sound when a person blows air through it

  • : a device through which air or steam is forced to produce a very high and loud sound

  • : a high and loud sound made by forcing air through your lips or teeth

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whistle

  1. 1 a :  a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube <a police whistle> b :  a device through which air or steam is forced into a cavity or against a thin edge to produce a loud sound <a factory whistle>

  2. 2 a :  a shrill clear sound produced by forcing breath out or air in through the puckered lips b :  the sound produced by a whistle c :  a signal given by or as if by whistling

  3. 3 :  a sound that resembles a whistle; especially :  a shrill clear note of or as if of a bird

Examples of whistle in a sentence

  1. The policeman blew his whistle.

  2. We could hear the train's whistle.

  3. We could hear the low whistle of the wind through the trees.

  4. the whistle of the tea kettle



Origin and Etymology of whistle

Middle English, from Old English hwistle; akin to Old Norse hvīsla to whisper


First Known Use: before 12th century


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whistle

verb whis·tle

Simple Definition of whistle

  • : to make a high sound by blowing air through your lips or teeth

  • : to produce a high and loud sound by forcing air or steam through a device

  • : to move, pass, or go very fast with a high sound

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whistle

whistled

whistling

play \-s(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to utter a shrill clear sound by blowing or drawing air through the puckered lips b :  to utter a shrill note or call resembling a whistle c :  to make a shrill clear sound especially by rapid movement <the wind whistled> d :  to blow or sound a whistle

  3. 2 a :  to give a signal or issue an order or summons by or as if by whistling b :  to make a demand without result <he did a sloppy job, so he can whistle for his money>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to send, bring, signal, or call by or as if by whistling b :  to charge (as a basketball or hockey player) with an infraction

  6. 2 :  to produce, utter, or express by whistling <whistle a tune>

whistleable

play \-sə-lə-bəl\ adjective

whistle in the dark

  1. :  to keep up one's courage by or as if by whistling

Examples of whistle in a sentence

  1. He was whistling as he walked down the street.

  2. He whistled for a cab.

  3. He whistled a happy tune.

  4. The teakettle started to whistle.

  5. A bullet whistled past him.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of whistle

before 12th century

Rhymes with whistle

bristle, fissile, gristle, missal, missile, scissile, thistle



WHISTLE Defined for Kids

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whistle

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noun whis·tle \ˈhwi-səl, ˈwi-\

Definition of whistle for Students

  1. 1 :  a device by which a loud high-pitched sound is produced

  2. 2 :  a high-pitched sound (as that made by forcing the breath through puckered lips)




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whistle

play
verb whis·tle

Definition of whistle for Students

whistled

whistling

  1. 1 :  to make a high-pitched sound by forcing the breath through the teeth or lips

  2. 2 :  to move, pass, or go with a high-pitched sound <The arrow whistled past.>

  3. 3 :  to produce a high-pitched sound by forcing air or steam through a device <The kettle whistled.>

  4. 4 :  to express by whistling <I whistled my surprise.>





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