Definition and Meanings for whistle

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Whistle is ranked 7,183 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of whistle

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of whistle

as. hwistlian; akin to sw. hvissla, dan. hvisle, icel. hv to whisper, and e. whisper. whisper as. hwistle a pipe, flute, whistle. see whistle, v. i.pos

Meaning of whistle


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.
  • to sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.

as transitive verb

  • to form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
  • to send, signal, or call by a whistle.

as noun, intransitive 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • the mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling.
  • No antonyms for whistle

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