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Meaning & Definition of Whistle in English

English

Whistle

/wɪsəl/

noun

1. The sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

    synonym:
  • whistle
  • ,
  • whistling

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

  • "The whistle signalled the end of the game"
    synonym:
  • whistle
  • ,
  • whistling

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

    synonym:
  • whistle

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

    synonym:
  • whistle

5. An inexpensive fipple flute

    synonym:
  • pennywhistle
  • ,
  • tin whistle
  • ,
  • whistle

verb

1. Make whistling sounds

  • "He lay there, snoring and whistling"
    synonym:
  • whistle

2. Move with, or as with, a whistling sound

  • "The bullets whistled past him"
    synonym:
  • whistle

3. Utter or express by whistling

  • "She whistled a melody"
    synonym:
  • whistle

4. Move, send, or bring as if by whistling

  • "Her optimism whistled away these worries"
    synonym:
  • whistle

5. Make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

  • "The kettle was singing"
  • "The bullet sang past his ear"
    synonym:
  • whistle
  • ,
  • sing

6. Give a signal by whistling

  • "She whistled for her maid"
    synonym:
  • whistle

Examples of using

He can't whistle.
I can't whistle.
I cannot whistle.