whistler

[ hwis-ler, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs lər, ˈwɪs- /

noun

Origin of whistler

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

Definition for whistler (2 of 2)

Whistler

[ hwis-ler, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs lər, ˈwɪs- /

noun

James (Abbott) McNeill [muh k-neel] /məkˈnil/, 1834–1903, U.S. painter and etcher, in France and England after 1855.

Related forms

Whis·tle·ri·an [hwis-leer-ee-uh n, wis-] /ʰwɪsˈlɪər i ən, wɪs-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whistler (1 of 2)

whistler

/ (ˈwɪslə) /

noun

a person or thing that whistles
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
any of various birds having a whistling call, such as certain Australian flycatchers and the goldeneyeSee also thickhead (def. 2)
any of various North American marmots of the genus Marmota, esp M. caligata (hoary marmot)
vet science a horse affected with an abnormal respiratory noise, resembling whistling
informal a referee

British Dictionary definitions for whistler (2 of 2)

Whistler

/ (ˈwɪslə) /

noun

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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