whis·​tling | \ ˈ(h)wi-s(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce whistling (audio) \

Definition of whistling

: the act or sound of one that whistles : whistle

Examples of whistling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another surprise appearance came from Bryan Cranston, who shared that his whistling on Malcolm in the Middle led to an improbable ASCAP membership. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 17 June 2022 Previous research has shown that groups of dolphins tend to develop different styles of whistling, but why dolphins develop these styles is still unclear, per a statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 Elba and Swinton shared a warm hug during the post-screening standing ovation, which had the Grand Palais audience swooning and whistling. Zack Sharf, Variety, 20 May 2022 Violet still hasn’t warmed up to Andrew Bird; something about the whistling gets under her skin. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 And rather than being empathetic to the people who were violated by Rock in that moment, their immediate go-to is dog whistling and virtue signalling, insinuating that Smith is some kind of danger to society for standing up for his wife. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 28 Mar. 2022 But the unconditional love that lives between his parents, with their not-so-secret whistling code, is vibrantly remembered. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The especially showy Dolby Atmos audio system made the whistling that opens the film sound cool but unnatural. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 In early August, Caroline Polachek practiced her whistling in a dark, foggy warehouse, deep in the San Fernando Valley, as lights sliced the room into coruscating triangles. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whistling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Whistling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistling. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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