intransitive verb

: to blow or speak with a sibilant sound : whistle, hiss

Word History


Middle English siflen, from Middle French siffler, sifler, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin sifilare, from Latin sibilare to hiss, whistle

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“Siffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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