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a clear, high-pitched sound made by forcing breath through a small hole between partly closed lips, or between one’s teeth. a sound similar to a whistle, especially one made by a bird, machine, or the wind. a device that produces a whistle by the forced passage of air through a slit in a small tube, especially for giving a signal.
1 [no object] emit a clear, high-pitched sound by forcing breath through a small hole between one’s lips or teeth:the audience cheered and whistled (as noun whistling)I awoke to their cheerful whistling (as adjective whistling)a whistling noise express surprise, admiration, or derision by making a whistling sound:Bob whistled. “You look beautiful!” he said [with object] produce (a tune) by whistling. (especially of a bird or machine) produce a clear, high-pitched sound:the kettle began to whistle produce a whistling sound by moving rapidly through the air or a narrow opening:the wind was whistling down the chimney blow an instrument that makes a whistle, especially as a signal:the referee did not whistle for a foul [with object]
(whistle someone/something up
) summon something or someone by making a whistling sound.
) wish for or expect (something) in vain:you can go home and whistle for your wages