- whistler's mother,
- whistler, james,
- whistler, james abbott mcneill,
- whistling buoy,
- whistling duck,
- whistling swan,
- whit monday
Origin of whistling
verb (used without object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
verb (used with object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
Origin of whistle
Examples from the Web for whistling
When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over.
They called him Jolly because he was always happy, singing and whistling.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I knew every volume by its colour and examined them all, passing slowly around the library and whistling to keep up my spirits.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The whistling through the steel also continued from on high, but now it was clear it should not have seemed eerie at all.New York City’s Sandy Disaster: A Meteorological 9/11?|Michael Daly|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These coping strategies and this hopefulness seem to me to be a lot of whistling in the dark.
The only occupant of Number 25 who seemed to be happy that night was Songbird, who came in whistling gaily.The Rover Boys on a Tour|Arthur M. Winfield
Symptoms: Cough, rapid breathing, whistling, rattling and bubbling in throat.
After the game he rolled up to his house perfectly satisfied, whistling to himself.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
She ran home through the moonlight, bareheaded, whistling as carelessly as a boy.The Odds|Ethel M. Dell
An engine that expends all its steam in whistling, has nothing left with which to turn wheels.The Simple Life|Charles Wagner
- to inform (on)
- to bring a stop (to)
Word Origin for whistle
"tubular musical instrument," Old English hwistle (see whistle (v.)). To wet one's whistle "take a drink" (late 14c.) originally may have referred to pipes, or be an allusion to the throat as a sort of pipe. Phrase clean as a whistle is recorded from 1878. Railroad whistle stop (at which trains stop only if the engineer hears a signal from the station) is recorded from 1934.
Old English hwistlian, from Proto-Germanic *khwis-, of imitative origin. Used also in Middle English of the hissing of serpents. Related: Whistled; whistling. To whistle for (with small prospect of getting) is probably from nautical whistling for a wind. To whistle "Dixie" is from 1940.
In addition to the idioms beginning with whistle
- whistle Dixie
- whistle for
- whistle in the dark
- blow the whistle on
- clean as a whistle
- slick as a whistle
- wet one's whistle