whistler

noun
whis·​tler | \ ˈhwi-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce whistler (audio) , ˈwi-\

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 | \ ˈhwi-slər How to pronounce Whistler (audio) , ˈwi-\

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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Other Words from whistler

Biographical name

Whistlerian \ hwi-​ˈslir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Whistlerian (audio) , wi-​ \ adjective

Examples of whistler in a Sentence

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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 Pasadena More than 60 whistlers from 11 countries will compete for a world-champion whistling title at the Masters of Musical Whistling International Festival and Competition at the Pasadena Convention Center. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Elvis impersonators, LEGO fan fest and L.A.'s 238th birthday coming up," 14 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. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "Don’t let a bad reader ruin your audiobook experience. Here are recordings to savor — and to avoid.," 5 Aug. 2019 The other whistler, Jeff Pack, hopes to come to Omaha this weekend, and Franklin will make sure to fill him in on the new ground rules. Eric Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Infamous and annoying ‘Vanderbilt Whistlers’ vow to mute it during College World Series," 21 June 2019 According to the Tennessean, only Franklin among the two Vanderbilt whistlers was at Sunday’s game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al.com, "Whistling Vanderbilt fan threatened with ejection from College World Series, report says," 18 June 2019 Singer-songwriter-violinist-master whistler Andrew Bird is 45. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of whistler

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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