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 His passion for whistling has taken him around the world. Wired, "How to Be a Master Whistle Blower," 14 Nov. 2019 Check out the video above to learn more about Lomax and the keys to professional whistling. Wired, "How to Be a Master Whistle Blower," 14 Nov. 2019 In one of the sound samples, a strange whistling can also be heard. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's InSight mission tunes in to the strange sounds of Mars," 1 Oct. 2019 In today’s edition, our five stories explore globalism (the Amazon fires), deterrence (Iran vs. Israel), equal treatment (the racial politics of justice), urban wildlife (raccoons in Toronto), and whimsy (competitive whistling). The Christian Science Monitor, "Mountain climbing with Spirit," 30 Aug. 2019 Set to a live saxophone and drums, towards the end of the performance, Halsey even gave Joe a run for his money with her on-point catchy whistling — now also turned jazzy. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The Jonas Brothers Approve of Halsey's Jazzy Cover of "Sucker" for BBC Radio 1," 6 June 2019 Each new song whipped the crowd into a whistling, screaming, standing ovation, and to the owner’s relief, nobody asked for a refund. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 The new short film, set to fill your nightmare quota for the next few sleeps, has been teased over on Instagram’s new video platform IGTV, and is set to a soundtrack of eerie whistling, quiet water splashes, and creaking chairs. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "You Can Thank Selena Gomez's New Short Horror Film for Your Next Nightmare," 22 June 2018 Archers drew their bows, and the whistling of ceremonial arrows accompanied the bear god home. Jude Isabella, Smithsonian, "How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of whistling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Whistling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistling. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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