- a person or thing that whistles.
- something that makes a sound like a whistle: The windstorm was a 60-mile-an-hour whistler.
- any of various birds whose wings whistle in flight, especially the goldeneye.
- thickhead(def 2).
- a large marmot, Marmota caligata, of mountainous northwestern North America, closely related to the woodchuck.
- a horse afflicted with whistling.
- Radio. a whistling sound heard on a radio, a type of interference caused by distant lightning.
Origin of whistler
- James (Abbott) McNeill [muh k-neel] /məkˈnil/, 1834–1903, U.S. painter and etcher, in France and England after 1855.
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Examples from the Web for whistler
Season: Whistler Blackcomb is generally open from late November through late April.
From Vancouver, Whistler is a two-hour drive; bus and train transfers are available.
He could come off as simply out of touch, like a critic reared on Whistler going after Picasso.Blake Gopnik on the Death of Art Critic Robert Hughes
August 7, 2012
Celluloid is to Dean what oil paint is to Titian or etching to Whistler.Tacita Dean: One of Today’s 10 Most Important Artists
June 5, 2011
Whistler had not yet made his appearance in London, but the others did quite as well.The Education of Henry Adams
At the Orientale the talk could never keep very long from Whistler.
Fully illustrated with 97 plates reproduced from Whistler's works.
Or the talk might grow reminiscent and again it was sure to return to Whistler.
He gave his orders and she forged ahead to round the whistler.Blow The Man Down
- 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
- James Abbott McNeill. 1834–1903, US painter and etcher, living in Europe. He is best known for his sequence of nocturnes and his portraits