Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Making a whistling sound.
  • adv. silently

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a whist manner; silently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Silently.

Etymologies

whist +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)
whistle +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So they can whistle away the crisis as much as they want, but we'd all do well to stay on top of this and to not take the whistly bright-side spin very seriously -- at least until we see Carol Browner and Thad Allen and BP executives scarfing down Gulf shrimp, crabs and oysters by the bushel.

    Bob Cesca: The BP Disaster Continues Despite the Cheerful Happy Talk

  • She was wheezey, whistly, and gaspy with a barking cough to boot.

    Phoning it in While Sleep Walking

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I wasn't too scared, but I was scared a little bit, because inside of our room where we were sleeping, the wind was like really whistly (ph) and ...

    CNN Transcript Sep 5, 2004

  • Barely to be heard through the storm, an Ythrian voice-high, whistly, but reasonant out of full lungs-shouted: “Come topside!”

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • The Genius touched a spring, and instantly, in a queer, tin-whistly voice, he began to sing, "Little Annie Rooney".

    Three Elephant Power and Other Stories

  • "I think maybe you better come over, 'cause little Mamie is a-breathin 'awful whistly."

    In Simpkinsville : character tales,

  • The "whistly breathing" of the little sufferer had by this time become a hoarse bark, and at the sound of it Mrs. Carroll quickened her steps; then, turning hurriedly, she sent Billins in haste for the doctor.

    In Simpkinsville : character tales,

  • "It might be because the signature 'whistly theme song' in the porno sounds awfully similar to the one in the show."

    AVN News

  • And I would miss the banging of steam in the pipes and the cozy whistly hiss that signaled the heat was coming on.

    Paula's House of Toast

  • That is the first thing I remember of ducks; the whistly, silk tearing sound the fast wingbeats make; just as what you remember first of geese is how slow they seem to go when they are traveling, and yet they are moving so fast that the first one you ever killed was two behind the one you shot at, and all that night you kept waking up and remembering how he folded up and fell.

    Hemingway on Hunting

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