whistler

noun
whis·​tler | \ ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce whistler (audio) \

Definition of whistler

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

Whistler

biographical name
Whis·​tler | \ ˈ(h)wi-slər How to pronounce Whistler (audio) \

Definition of Whistler (Entry 2 of 3)

James (Abbott) McNeill 1834–1903 American painter and etcher

Whistler

geographical name
Whis·​tler | \ ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce Whistler (audio) \

Definition of Whistler (Entry 3 of 3)

municipality and resort noted for its ski slopes in the Coast Ranges of southern British Columbia, Canada population 9824

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Biographical name

Whistlerian \ (h)wi-​ˈslir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Whistler (audio) \ adjective

Examples of whistler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "First recording of popular cowboy ballad ‘Home on the Range’ was made in San Antonio," 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, "First recording of popular cowboy ballad ‘Home on the Range’ was made in San Antonio," 29 Apr. 2020 Let Sean Lomax, a world champion whistler, explain the finer points of this pastime and musical art. Patrick Farrell, Wired, "WIRED’s Video Guide to Extreme Indoor Activities," 22 Mar. 2020 Then four sacks of puddler decoys and one of whistlers, plus a dozen Canada goose floaters. Will Ryans, Field & Stream, "Three Duck Hunters Capsized in the Northeast," 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, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 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, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 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, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 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, "Don't let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience: Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whistler

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Whistler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistler. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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