Definition of tin whistle in English:

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tin whistle

Pronunciation: /tin ˈ(h)wisəl/


A small flutelike instrument made from a thin metal tube, with six finger holes of varying size on top and no thumb holes.
Example sentences
  • Children are swapping the bodhrán for the bassoon and the tin whistle for the tuba as educators seek to bring classical music to the islands.
  • Classes in all instruments from the tin whistle to the harp are held each morning from 10 am - 1pm by qualified teachers.
  • The tin whistle or mouth-organ serves as an instrument for a tune, or some young ones sing a song to get the householders in the mood to drop a coin in their boxes, as they spread the good cheer of the Christmas season.

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Syllabification: tin whis·tle

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