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whistle

[ hwis-uh l, wis- ]SEE DEFINITION OF whistle

Synonyms for whistle

  • blare
  • hiss
  • blast
  • fife
  • flute
  • pipe
  • shriek
  • signal
  • skirl
  • sound
  • toot
  • tootle
  • trill
  • warble
  • wheeze
  • whine
  • whiz
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WHISTLE

He was still exerting his strength to the utmost when the whistle of the locomotive was heard.

Let me but have the little wench and the whistle to-morrow morn, and it is done.

Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.

The whistle sounds, punctually to the stroke of six; we are off.

"Whistle when you are ready, Donald," called Linda as she turned away.

Gosh, I jist fooled him out of his two dollars slicker 'n a whistle.

He went out about half an hour ago, in answer to your whistle.

But what about the whistle; are you sure you heard it, Molly?

"Oh, I'm always jolly," replied Bywater, and then he began to whistle again.

The whistle was blown, the wounded officer saluted, and the train started.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hwistlian, from Proto-Germanic *khwis-, of imitative origin. Used also in Middle English of the hissing of serpents. Related: Whistled; whistling. To whistle for (with small prospect of getting) is probably from nautical whistling for a wind. To whistle "Dixie" is from 1940.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WHISTLE

alarm

nounwarning, signaling device

catcall

nounheckle
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