whistler

[hwis-ler, wis-]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that whistles.
  2. something that makes a sound like a whistle: The windstorm was a 60-mile-an-hour whistler.
  3. any of various birds whose wings whistle in flight, especially the goldeneye.
  4. thickhead(def 2).
  5. a large marmot, Marmota caligata, of mountainous northwestern North America, closely related to the woodchuck.
  6. a horse afflicted with whistling.
  7. Radio. a whistling sound heard on a radio, a type of interference caused by distant lightning.

Origin of whistler

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hwistlere. See whistle, -er1

Whistler

[hwis-ler, wis-]
noun
  1. James (Abbott) McNeill [muh k-neel] /məkˈnil/, 1834–1903, U.S. painter and etcher, in France and England after 1855.
Related formsWhis·tle·ri·an [hwis-leer-ee-uh n, wis-] /ʰwɪsˈlɪər i ən, wɪs-/, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of whistler

Historical Examples of whistler

  • Whistler had not yet made his appearance in London, but the others did quite as well.

  • At the Orientale the talk could never keep very long from Whistler.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • Fully illustrated with 97 plates reproduced from Whistler's works.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • Or the talk might grow reminiscent and again it was sure to return to Whistler.

    Nights

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • He gave his orders and she forged ahead to round the whistler.


British Dictionary definitions for whistler

whistler

noun
  1. a person or thing that whistles
  2. radio an atmospheric disturbance picked up by radio receivers, characterized by a whistling sound of decreasing pitch. It is caused by the electromagnetic radiation produced by lightning
  3. any of various birds having a whistling call, such as certain Australian flycatchers and the goldeneyeSee also thickhead (def. 2)
  4. any of various North American marmots of the genus Marmota, esp M. caligata (hoary marmot)
  5. vet science a horse affected with an abnormal respiratory noise, resembling whistling
  6. informal a referee

Whistler

noun
  1. James Abbott McNeill. 1834–1903, US painter and etcher, living in Europe. He is best known for his sequence of nocturnes and his portraits
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