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 Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick called a letter mayoral candidate Dennis Dillion sent to Republican Westminster residents homophobic and an example of dog whistling. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 7 May 2021 The whistling of the Indigenous people of La Gomera is mentioned in the 15th-century accounts of the explorers who paved the way for the Spanish conquest of the island. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Residents have likened the sound to a shrill whistling, a maddening screech, and — most colorfully — a screaming dinosaur standing on top of the building. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 9 Apr. 2021 For about four weeks, wooded and suburban areas will ring with cicadas’ whistling and buzzing mating calls. The Conversation, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2021 As her tea kettle starts whistling, Wanda walks inside to pour water into her mug. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 8 Mar. 2021 However much she is attached to her cellphone, Erin Gerhards, 15, sounded keen to improve her whistling and help safeguard the traditions of her island. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 During the general election, he was accused of racist dog-whistling in his campaign against Democrat Andrew Gillum. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Dec. 2020 But – a person doesn’t need to suffer from a neurological disorder to be extremely aggravated by the sound of constant whistling. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of whistling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Whistling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistling. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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