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whistle

Pronunciation: /ˈhwɪsəl; ˈwɪsəl/

Translation of whistle in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (make sound) [person] silbar; (loudly) chiflar; [referee] pitar; [kettle] silbar, pitar; [train] pitar; [wind] silbar, aullar* to whistle to a dog silbarle or chiflarle a un perro he whistled to me to take cover me silbó or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) me chifló para que me pusiera a cubierto to whistle at the girls silbarles or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) chiflarles a las chicas to whistle for sth [colloquial/familiar] if they want more money, they can whistle for it si quieren más dinero, van a tener que esperar sentados [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • When the kettle began whistling, I turned around to get the hot water for my green tea.
    • The kettle began to whistle, and she broke herself out of her reverie and made two mugs of tea.
    • The train whistled and slowly began its entrance to the London station.
    Example sentences
    • Urs Meier, the Swiss referee, appears to have stopped whistling fouls against either team.
    • Referee Karl Kirkpatrick was the dominant figure in the opening exchanges, whistling 13 penalties in the first half before dishing out four yellow cards in the second.
    • Referee Brian Crowe started as he meant to go on: whistling for even the slightest indiscretion.
    1.2 (speed, rush) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) to whistle by [bullet/arrow] pasar silbando shells went whistling overhead pasaban proyectiles silbando por encima
    Example sentences
    • The only sound is the wind whistling through the tall pines.
    • All you could hear was the wind whistling through the stadium
    • I sat there, with the sun beating down on me, the wind whistling in my hair and the sound of a buzzard overhead looking for prey.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 2 (signal) he whistled the dogs over llamó a los perros con un silbido he whistled the play dead (American English/inglés norteamericano) pitó para detener el juego

noun/nombre

Phrasal verbs

whistle up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (summon) [dog] llamar con un silbido or con un chiflido, pegarle* un silbido or un chiflido a 1.2 (provide at short notice) [meal] improvisar; [dress] hacer*; [help] conseguir*

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