wolf whistle

noun

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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wolf whistle

: a loud whistle made by men to indicate that a woman is attractive

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