wolf whistle


Definition of wolf whistle

: a distinctive 2-toned whistle sounded to express approval of another person's appearance The football players, wearing their jerseys and sequestered in the stands, make the same wolf whistles and obnoxious gestures that college football players everywhere tend to make when confronted by shimmying women in tight clothing.— Neal Karlen

Examples of wolf whistle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Galliano also made me a pinstripe burgundy wool pencil skirt to match, and the ensemble was a sensation at the Paris shows—and drove the city’s cab drivers into a frenzy of sarcastic wolf whistling. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Les Garçonnes Were Out in Full Force at the Exhibition Opening of Gender Bending Fashion at Boston’s MFA," 19 Mar. 2019 The night of the supposed wolf whistle, he was tracked down by Bryant’s husband and his half-brother and told to get out of bed and get dressed. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations," 3 Feb. 2017 Described as a wolf whistle, that single sound became a central accusation against Till. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations," 3 Feb. 2017 O’Shea picks out the wolf whistle of the screaming piha. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wolf whistle

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Wolf whistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolf%20whistle. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wolf whistle

: a loud whistle made to indicate that someone (such as a person walking down the street) is attractive

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