whistle - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈwɪs(ə)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theywhistle
he/she/itwhistles
present participlewhistling
past tensewhistled
past participlewhistled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]

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    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.

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

    Her shot went whistling past the goalpost.

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