American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inexpensive fipple flute, usually having a plastic mouthpiece and a tin body.
- n. A six-holed flute-like instrument with a fipple. They have approximately a two octave range (sometimes a little higher). Stereotypically, they are made out of tin, but in reality they come in all sorts of varieties, including tin, brass, nickel, cane, polymer, etc.
- n. an inexpensive fipple flute
“Yeah the pennywhistle is the worst kind of groundling humor.”
“Walk by them playing a pennywhistle and lead them out of town.”
“Burke, will host a Celtic music concert, featuring Points of Poguery, an ensemble featuring guitar, violin, pennywhistle, flute, percussion and bass, with four-part vocals. 3 p.m.”
“From the case he took a velvet cloth and unwrapped a glass cylinder more the dimensions of a pennywhistle than a flute.”
“For example, on Saturday morning, after bopping the two Lifshitz girls and then detouring to the basement for a brief but satisfying round of old-fashioned Cape Cod-style three-hole pennywhistle with a zaftig Hasidic hausfrau, Weinberg found himself and his white bathrobe moseying across town toward Stuyvesant High School.”
“It had to be the first time in the history of Broom that Maypole dances were held to the tune of melodies by Bach instead of the pennywhistle and fiddle.”
““Hello, Doctor Al,” he chirped brightly, in a pennywhistle voice.”
“This results in a bagpipe drone with a skirling of pennywhistle above.”
“Cady Coleman has a pennywhistle from The Chieftains and a flute from Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.”
“Kwela Tebza chat about breathing new life into the pennywhistle.”
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