whistler

noun

whis·​tler ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce whistler (audio)
: one that whistles: such as
a
: any of various birds
especially : any of numerous oscine birds (especially genus Pachycephala) found chiefly in Australia and South Pacific islands and having a whistling call
b
: a large marmot (Marmota caligata) of northwestern North America having a shrill alarm call
c
: a broken-winded horse
d
: a very-low-frequency radio signal that is generated by lightning discharge, travels along the earth's magnetic-field lines, and produces a sound resembling a whistle of descending pitch in radio receivers

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Last summer, while recording with Molly Lewis, the popular whistler, at the Sound Factory in Hollywood, Rogê met Brenneck, one of the studio’s resident producers. James Gavin, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 Although the reality check was discouraging, Lowery credited Lebermann with sending him on the path of being a big-band whistler. Michael Corcoran, ExpressNews.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Lowery went on to a great career as a whistler, making his name in the 1930s with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra, whose arranger was a trombone player named Glenn Miller. Michael Corcoran, ExpressNews.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Let Sean Lomax, a world champion whistler, explain the finer points of this pastime and musical art. Patrick Farrell, Wired, 22 Mar. 2020 Then four sacks of puddler decoys and one of whistlers, plus a dozen Canada goose floaters. Will Ryans, Field & Stream, 17 Mar. 2020 Any devoted audiobook listener can attest: Spending nine hours (or more) in the company of a terrible reader — a shrieker, mumbler, droner, tooth whistler or overzealous thespian — is an experience that can truly ruin a book. Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2019 Any devoted audiobook listener can attest: Spending nine hours (or more) in the company of a terrible reader — a shrieker, mumbler, droner, tooth whistler or overzealous thespian — is an experience that can truly ruin a book. Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2019 Any devoted audiobook listener can attest: Spending nine hours (or more) in the company of a terrible reader — a shrieker, mumbler, droner, tooth whistler or overzealous thespian — is an experience that can truly ruin a book. Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whistler was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Whistler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistler. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Geographical Definition

Whistler

geographical name

Whis·​tler ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce Whistler (audio)
municipality and resort noted for its ski slopes in the Coast Ranges of southern British Columbia, Canada population 9824

Biographical Definition

Whistler

biographical name

Whis·​tler ˈ(h)wi-slər How to pronounce Whistler (audio)
James (Abbott) McNeill 1834–1903 American painter and etcher
Whistlerian adjective

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