What does whistle mean?

Definitions for whistle
ˈʰwɪs əl, ˈwɪs-whis·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whistle, whistling(noun)

    the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

  2. whistle, whistling(noun)

    the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle

    "the whistle signalled the end of the game"

  3. whistle(noun)

    a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it

  4. whistle(noun)

    acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound

  5. pennywhistle, tin whistle, whistle(verb)

    an inexpensive fipple flute

  6. whistle(verb)

    make whistling sounds

    "He lay there, snoring and whistling"

  7. whistle(verb)

    move with, or as with, a whistling sound

    "The bullets whistled past him"

  8. whistle(verb)

    utter or express by whistling

    "She whistled a melody"

  9. whistle(verb)

    move, send, or bring as if by whistling

    "Her optimism whistled away these worries"

  10. whistle, sing(verb)

    make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

    "the kettle was singing"; "the bullet sang past his ear"

  11. whistle(verb)

    give a signal by whistling

    "She whistled for her maid"


  1. whistle(Noun)

    A device designed to be placed in the mouth in order to make a whistling sound.

  2. whistle(Noun)

    An act of whistling.

  3. whistle(Noun)

    A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.

  4. whistle(Noun)

    Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.

  5. whistle(Noun)

    A suit (from whistle and flute).

  6. whistle(Verb)

    To make a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth. To produce a whistling sound, restrictions to the flow of air are created using the teeth, tongue and lips.

  7. whistle(Verb)

    To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.

    A bullet whistled past.

  8. Origin: whistlen; hwistlan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whistle(verb)

    to make a kind of musical sound, or series of sounds, by forcing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; also, to emit a similar sound, or series of notes, from the mouth or beak, as birds

  2. Whistle(verb)

    to make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone

  3. Whistle(verb)

    to sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air

  4. Whistle(verb)

    to form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air

  5. Whistle(verb)

    to send, signal, or call by a whistle

  6. Whistle(verb)

    a sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle

  7. Whistle(verb)

    the shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like, passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of a metallic bell or cup

  8. Whistle(verb)

    an instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity, or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips; as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam whistle (see Steam whistle, under Steam)

  9. Whistle(verb)

    the mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling

  10. Origin: [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hvsla to whisper, and E. whisper. 43. See Whisper.]


  1. whistle

    A whistle is a simple aerophone, an instrument which produces sound from a stream of forced air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whistle

    hwis′l, v.i. to make a shrill sound by forcing the breath through the lips contracted: to make a like sound with an instrument: to sound shrill: to inform by whistling, to become informer.—v.t. to form or utter by whistling: to call by a whistle.—n. the sound made in whistling: a small wind instrument: an instrument sounded by escaping steam, used for signalling on railway-engines, steamships, &c.—adj. Whis′tle-drunk (obs.), too drunk to whistle.—ns. Whis′tle-fish, a rockling; Whis′tler, one who, or that which, whistles: a kind of marmot: a broken-winded horse; Whis′tling.—adv. Whis′tlingly.—n. Whis′tling-shop (slang), a shebeen, the keeper being called a whistler.—Whistle down the wind, to talk to no purpose; Whistle for, to summon by whistling; Whistle for a wind, a superstitious practice of old sailors during a calm; Whistle off, to send off by a whistle: (Shak.) turn loose.—Go whistle (Shak.), to go to the deuce; Pay for one's whistle, to pay highly for one's caprice; Pigs and whistles, an exclamation equivalent to 'The deuce!' or the like—also in phrase, 'To make pigs and whistles of anything'=to make a sad mess of it; Wet one's whistle (coll.), to take a drink of liquor; Worth the whistle, worth the trouble of calling for. [A.S. hwistlian; Sw. hvissla; cf. Whisper.]


  1. Whistle

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whistle

    From the Ang.-Sax. wistl. (See CALL.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of whistle in a Sentence

  1. Waleed Shahid:

    Its no longer a dog whistle, its a bullhorn.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    But for the courage of someone willing to blow the whistle, he would have gotten away with it, instead, he got caught. He tried to cheat, and he got caught.

  3. Mark Fitzpatrick:

    Once the monitors see something suspicious, they're going to blow the whistle.

  4. Alanna Kennedy:

    I'm not surprised, the refereeing has been questionable the whole tournament, in terms of the rules and decisions there needs to be more clarity for everyone, it's the way it goes, you have to play to the whistle. But we definitely need more clarity about certain things.

  5. Charlotte Story:

    I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue.

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