Definition of whistle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    whistle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whistle
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪsl//
     
    he / she / it whistles
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪslz//
     
    past simple whistled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪsld//
     
    past participle whistled
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪsld//
     
    -ing form whistling
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪslɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to make a high sound or a musical tune by forcing your breath out when your lips are closed whistle (something) to whistle a tune He whistled in amazement. The crowd booed and whistled as the player came onto the field. whistle to somebody/something She whistled to the dog to come back. whistle at somebody/something Workmen whistled at her as she walked past. He whistled at the sheer audacity of the plan.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to make a high sound by blowing into a whistle The referee whistled for a foul.
  3. 3  [intransitive] (of a kettle or other machine) to make a high sound The kettle began to whistle. The microphone was making a strange whistling sound. The train whistled and shot into the tunnel.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move quickly, making a high sound The wind whistled down the chimney. A bullet whistled past his ear.
  5. 5[intransitive] (of a bird) to make a high sound
  6. Word Origin Old English (h)wistlian (verb), (h)wistle (noun), of Germanic origin; imitative and related to Swedish vissla ‘to whistle’.Extra examples James whistled in amazement. Men whistled at her in the street. Norma looked at the letter and whistled softly through her teeth. William whistled to me from a distance. He started to whistle a tune.Idioms
    somebody can whistle for something
     
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    (British English, informal) used to say that you are not going to give somebody something that they have asked for If he wants his money he can whistle for it—I’m broke!
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