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 It’s 1978, and Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a middle-class social climber who works for her father’s trucking company in Milan, struts through the parking lot with butt-twitching gusto as the truck-crew members wolf whistle at her. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 There are a million horrible experiences between a wolf whistle and annihilation. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 3 Feb. 2017 Described as a wolf whistle, that single sound became a central accusation against Till. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of wolf whistle

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wolf whistle was in 1946

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1 Dec 2021

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“Wolf whistle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolf%20whistle. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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