whistle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hwis'ul, wis'-), [key]
— v., n. -tled, -tling,
- to make a clear musical sound, a series of such sounds, or a high-pitched, warbling sound by the forcible expulsion of the breath through a small opening formed by contracting the lips, or through the teeth, with the aid of the tongue.
- to make such a sound or series of sounds otherwise, as by blowing on some device.
- to emit similar sounds from the mouth, as birds do.
- (of a device) to produce a similar sound when actuated by steam or the like: This teakettle whistles when it boils.
- to move, go, pass, etc., with a whistling or whizzing sound, as a bullet or the wind.
- to produce by whistling: to whistle a tune.
- to call, direct, or signal by or as by whistling: He whistled his dog over.
- to send with a whistling or whizzing sound.
- to demand or expect without success: After promising to pay, he told us we could whistle for our money.
- to attempt to summon up one's courage or optimism in a difficult situation: He says his business will improve next year, but he's probably just whistling in the dark.
- an instrument for producing whistling sounds by means of the breath, steam, etc., as a small wooden or tin tube, a pipe, or a similar device with an air chamber containing a small ball that oscillates when air is forced through an opening, producing a high-pitched, warbling tone.
- a sound produced by whistling: a prolonged whistle of astonishment.
- a simple fipple flute.
- to expose the existence of mischief or wrongdoing: The agent was taking bribes until someone finally blew the whistle.
- Congress has blown the whistle on all unnecessary expenditures for the program.
- to bring a stop to; halt:Congress has blown the whistle on all unnecessary expenditures for the program.
- to expose (wrongdoing or wrongdoers):to blow the whistle on corruption in high places.
- to take a drink.
- whistle (Thesaurus)