or whis·tle blow·er

[ hwis-uh l-bloh-er, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs əlˌbloʊ ər, ˈwɪs- /


a person who informs on another or makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing.

Origin of whistle-blower

First recorded in 1965–70
Related formswhis·tle-blow·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for whistleblower



informal a person who informs on someone or puts a stop to something
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Word Origin and History for whistleblower



in the figurative sense, by 1970, American English, from whistle (as something sounded in an alert) + agent noun from blow (v.1). Earlier in U.S. sports slang sense "referee."

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