from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To breathe or blow with a softly sibilant sound; whistle; hiss.
  • n. A sibilant râle. See râle.


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  • The rippling siffle of halberds slashing water filled the air.

    The Veiled Dragon

  • "Un Poule qui chante le coq, et une fille qui siffle, portent malheur dans la maison."

    Notes and Queries, Number 41, August 10, 1850

  • SIFFLET, _m. _, petit instrument avec lequel on siffle.

    French Conversation and Composition

  • Then from a niche within the door of the chamber he lifted a large crucible, and a siffle of indrawn breath was heard in the crowd as he carried it toward the fire.

    Masters of the Guild

  • "A siffle of indrawn breath was heard in the crowd as he carried it to the fire" (in colors) "There was shouting and laughter in the courtyard"

    Masters of the Guild

  • When their tread had died away from the ear, and the wind swept over the isolated grave with its customary siffle of indifference, Lot Swanhills turned and spoke to old Richard Toller, the hautboy player.

    A Changed Man; and other tales

  • This expression (etre siffle) bears the stamp of the deceitfully affable vulgarity in which he frequently took pleasure in indulging.

    Ten Years' Exile

  • -- Comment veux-tu, mon ami, que l'on siffle [1] quand on bâille? "lui répliqua Piron.

    French Conversation and Composition


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  • Don’t go to the doc with a sniffle;

    She’ll warn of an ominous siffle.

    A cough and a sneeze

    Are not real disease.

    Avoid all that medical piffle.

    November 24, 2018