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Definition of Whistle

Whistle

  1. 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. 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. To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.
  4. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
  5. To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
  6. 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. 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. 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. The mouth and throat; -- so called as being the organs of whistling.

Whistle Quotations

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

The working men, I'll go by and they'll whistle. At first they whistle because they think, 'Oh, it's a girl. She's got blond hair and she's not out of shape,' and then they say, 'Gosh, it's Marilyn Monroe!'
Marilyn Monroe

'You've got mail!' exclaims the cheery automaton at America Online. The flag on the mailbox icon waves invitingly on my computer screen. For a second, I'm 10 years old again, waiting for the postman's whistle to slice the stillness of an Australian afternoon.
Geraldine Brooks

I can whistle with my fingers, especially if I have a whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

A penny will not buy a penny postcard or a penny whistle or a single piece of penny candy. It will not even, if you're managing the U.S. Mint, buy a penny.
P. J. O'Rourke
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Whistle Translations

whistle in Dutch is fluiten, gieren
whistle in French is sifflons, siffler, sifflez, sifflet, sifflement
whistle in German is Pfiff, pfeifen, pfeifen, Pfeife
whistle in Italian is fischio, fischietto, zufolare
whistle in Portuguese is assobie, assobiar
whistle in Spanish is silbar, silbato
whistle in Swedish is vina, vissling, vissla
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