Definition for whistling (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
verb (used with object), whis·tled, whis·tling.
Origin of whistle
Related formswhis·tle·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·whis·tle, verb (used with object), in·ter·whis·tled, in·ter·whis·tling.un·whis·tled, adjective
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
British Dictionary definitions for whistling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for whistling (2 of 2)
- to inform (on)
- to bring a stop (to)
Word Origin for whistle
Idioms and Phrases with whistling
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