from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A high-pitched whistle, inaudible to humans, used to train dogs.
  • n. That which is understood only by a narrow demographic.
  • n. Especially, an allusion or comment made by a politician with the intent that only a certain demographic note it and recognize its significance.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • see dog-whistle.

    November 3, 2008

  • “The potential double meaning rekindled speculation among Mr. Bush's critics that he communicates with his conservative Christian base with a dog-whistle of code words and symbols, deliberately incomprehensible to secular liberals.�?

    The New York Times, Speaking in the Tongue of Evangelicals, by David D. Kirkpatrick, October 17, 2004

    November 3, 2008