whistle
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwistle; akin to Old Norse hvīsla to whisper Date: before 12th century 1. a. a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube <
a police whistle
>
b. a device through which air or steam is forced into a cavity or against a thin edge to produce a loud sound <
a factory whistle
>
2. a. a shrill clear sound produced by forcing breath out or air in through the puckered lips b. the sound produced by a whistle c. a signal given by or as if by whistling 3. a sound that resembles a whistle; especially a shrill clear note of or as if of a bird II. verb (whistled; whistling) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to utter a shrill clear sound by blowing or drawing air through the puckered lips b. to utter a shrill note or call resembling a whistle c. to make a shrill clear sound especially by rapid movement <
the wind whistled
>
d. to blow or sound a whistle 2. a. to give a signal or issue an order or summons by or as if by whistling b. to make a demand without result <
he did a sloppy job, so he can whistle for his money
>
transitive verb 1. a. to send, bring, signal, or call by or as if by whistling b. to charge (as a basketball or hockey player) with an infraction 2. to produce, utter, or express by whistling <
whistle a tune
>
whistleable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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