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verb     whistle pronunciation in American English
/ˈwɪs(ə)l/    whistle pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewhistling
past tensewhistled
past participlewhistled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect to make a tune or musical notes by forcing air through your mouth

    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 someone’s attention, or to show that you like or dislike something
      whistle to:

      She whistled softly to her friends.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] if a machine, train, or boat whistles, a piece of equipment on it makes a loud high sound
    3. c.
      [intransitive] if the wind whistles around or through a place, it makes a high sound because it is blowing strongly
    4. d.
      [intransitive] to blow a whistle as a warning or to get someone’s attention

      The referee whistled for a time-out.

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

    Her shot went whistling past the net.

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