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verb whistle pronunciation in American English /ˈwɪs(ə)l/whistle pronunciation in American English /ˈhwɪs(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywhistle
he/she/itwhistles
present participlewhistling
past tensewhistled
past participlewhistled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a tune or musical notes by forcing air through your mouth

    Sue whistled softly to herself.

    I wish you’d stop whistling that tune!

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to make a high sound by forcing air through your mouth in order to get someones attention, or to show that you like or dislike something

      The spectators jeered and whistled.

      whistle to:

      She whistled softly to her friends.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move or to travel very quickly

    Her shot went whistling past the net.

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