Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of whistle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from whistle, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sounding like a whistle: as, a whistling sound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of whistling a tune
  • n. the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle
  • n. the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

Etymologies

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Examples

  • However, I can't help but think this is what they call whistling past the graveyard.

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  • "That is what I call whistling," said he, after he had repeated the signal thrice; "and now to cover, to cover, or Whitefoot will not be shod this day."

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  • This is what we call whistling through the graveyard.

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  • Its cheerful whistling is audible in our house throughout the day.

    This weekend

  • That man in the Day-Glo hard hat wolf-whistling is now an urban regenerator and the tempting cleft peeping from his waistband announces his urban regenerator's bum.

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  • Besides plain whistling, there were warbles (made by blowing jerkily) and trills (made by rolling an "r" while blowing); by blowing patterns of high and low notes of varying style, most anything that needed to be communicated on shipboard could be said.

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  • “Sifr”: I have warned readers that whistling is considered a kind of devilish speech by the Arabs, especially the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Sifr”: whistling is held by the Badawi to be the speech of devils; and the excellent explorer Burckhardt got a bad name by the ugly habit.

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  • A high, thin whistling noise of a different texture from the ventilator's.

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  • “That is what I call whistling,” said he, after he had repeated the signal thrice; “and now to cover, to cover, or

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  • I'm a pretty decent whistler, but I'm still waiting for my microphone... *checks porch again*

    December 10, 2009

  • -ooh! Can someone pretty please record the 'Bridge Over River Kwai' whistling POW tune?

    December 10, 2009

  • hahaha!

    December 8, 2009

  • I can't do anything at all - I can't even belch. I can whistle but it just sounds like the gaspy, sterterous breathing of an emphysemic yokel.

    December 8, 2009

  • Ouch.

    December 7, 2009

  • Not many people can wiggle their ears. I certainly can't do that either. But I can bend almost all my fingers so the middle joint sticks out and if I push, it can go back nearly 90 degrees. hyperlaxity.

    December 7, 2009

  • I can do both, but I can't wiggle my ears.

    December 6, 2009

  • I can, but I can’t snap my fingers.

    December 5, 2009

  • I still can't whistle!

    December 5, 2009