whis|tle1 [ˈwısəl] v
1¦(high sound)¦
2¦(use a whistle)¦
3¦(go/move fast)¦
4¦(steam train/kettle)¦
6 be whistling in the dark
7 somebody can whistle for something
1.) ¦(HIGH SOUND)¦ [I and T]
to make a high or musical sound by blowing air out through your lips
Adam whistled happily on his way to work.
I heard this song on the radio and I've been whistling it all day.
He whistled a tune as he strolled down the corridor.
whistle to sb
(=whistle to get someone's attention)
Dad whistled to us to come home for dinner.
whistle at sb
(=whistle to let someone know that you think they are attractive)
Men are always whistling at Heidi on the street.
to make a high sound by blowing into a whistle
The referee whistled and the game began.
3.) ¦(GO/MOVE FAST)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move quickly, making a whistling sound
Bullets and shells were whistling overhead.
They listened to the wind whistling through the trees.
if a steam train or ↑kettle whistles, it makes a high sound when air or steam is forced through a small hole
5.) ¦(BIRD)¦ [I]
if a bird whistles, it makes a high musical sound
6.) be whistling in the dark [i]informal
to be trying to show that you are brave when you are afraid, or that you know about something when you do not
Does he know what he's talking about or is he just whistling in the dark?
7.) sb can whistle for sth
BrE spoken used to tell someone that there is no chance of them getting what they have asked for
whistle 2
whistle2 n
[: Old English; Origin: hwistle]
1.) a small object that produces a high whistling sound when you blow into it
The lifeguard blew his whistle .
2.) a high sound made by blowing a whistle, by blowing air out through your lips, or when air or steam is forced through a small opening
Larsson scored just minutes before the final whistle.
low/shrill/high-pitched etc whistle
Sanders gave a low whistle when he saw the contents of the box.
3.) a piece of equipment on a train or boat that makes a high noise when air is forced through it
4.) the sound of something moving quickly through the air
whistle of
We could hear the whistle of the jets as they passed overhead.
blow the whistle on sth atblow1 (17), clean as a whistle atclean1 (1), ↑penny whistle, wolf whistle

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  • Whistle — Whis tle, n. [AS. hwistle a pipe, flute, whistle. See {Whistle}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • whistle — ► NOUN 1) a clear, high pitched sound made by forcing breath through pursed lips, or between one s teeth. 2) any similar sound. 3) an instrument used to produce such a sound. ► VERB 1) emit or produce a whistle. 2) produce (a tune) in such a way …   English terms dictionary

  • whistle — [hwis′əl, wis′əl] vi. whistled, whistling [ME whistlen < OE hwistlian: for IE base see WHISPER] 1. a) to make a clear, shrill sound or note, or a series of these, by forcing breath between the teeth or through a narrow opening made by… …   English World dictionary

  • Whistle — Whis tle, v. t. [1913 Webster] 1. To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air. [1913 Webster] 2. To send, signal, or call by a whistle. [1913 Webster] He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • whistle at — ˈwhistle at [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they whistle at he/she/it whistles at present participle whistling at past tense whistled at …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whistle — Whis tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whistled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whistling}.] [AS. hwistlian; akin to Sw. hvissla, Dan. hvisle, Icel. hv[=i]sla to whisper, and E. whisper. [root]43. See {Whisper}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To make a kind of musical sound, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whistle In — is a song written by Brian Wilson for the American pop band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1967 album Smiley Smile . Details * Written by: Brian Wilson * Album: Smiley Smile * Time: 1 min 04 sec * Produced by: The Beach Boys Performers… …   Wikipedia

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