tin whistle


plural tin whistles
: a small fipple flute

called also penny whistle

Examples of tin whistle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Born in Glasgow but rooted in Ireland’s Donegal, this trio of sisters — Anna, Sheila, and Claire, variously playing flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, and fiddle, all singing and harmonizing together as only siblings can — have begun making a mark in the world of Irish traditional music. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1740, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tin whistle was circa 1740

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“Tin whistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin%20whistle. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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