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verb whistle pronunciation in British English /ˈwɪs(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewhistling
past tensewhistled
past participlewhistled
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  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. b.
      [intransitive] to blow a whistle as a warning or to get someones attention
      The referee whistled for a free kick.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move or to travel very quickly
    Her shot went whistling past the goalpost.

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