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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First Known Use of wolf whistle

1946

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Definition of wolf whistle for English Language Learners

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


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