whis·​tling | \ ˈhwi-s(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce whistling (audio) , ˈwi-\

Definition of whistling

: the act or sound of one that whistles : whistle

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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 But on Wednesday afternoon, he was huddled with his parents in their eighth-floor San Juan condominium unit listening to the whistling winds and watching the trees bend. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Hurricane Irma Skirts Puerto Rico, Lashing It With Powerful Winds, Flooding Rain," 7 Sep. 2017 September 7, 2017 —No one is doing any whistling, but Louise Penny lets conscience be the guide in her top-notch new mystery, Glass Houses. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Glass Houses' is yet another excellent Louise Penny mystery," 7 Sep. 2017 That’s when Kaufman picked up the whistling torch, determined to not let the art form fall by the wayside. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Whistle a happy tune at the Masters of Musical Whistling competition," 7 Sep. 2017 Trump’s behavior doesn’t excuse the violent clashes with police that led to more than 200 arrests, or the whistling and heckling from a few while Trump took the oath. Dana Milbank, The Mercury News, "Milbank: Trump crowd booed equal rights, even a dead soldier," 20 Jan. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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