whistling

noun

whis·​tling ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce whistling (audio)
: the act or sound of one that whistles : whistle

Examples of whistling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On damp mornings, a fire crackles in rhythm with his whistling in the kitchen downstairs, his lean body moving around the house’s only heat source. Emily Zebel, Longreads, 23 May 2024 The Veil leans a little too much into the postcard versions of the cities, especially Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is just lurking in the background of every wide shot — like Peter Lorre’s character in M minus the ominous whistling. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2024 The pilots were informed of the whistling but Alaska claims there’s no report of this. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2024 Her headline set showcased her whistling as an elegant, virtuosic instrument, punctuated with costume changes and self-aware Catskills shtick. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for whistling 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whistling was in the 14th century

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“Whistling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistling. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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