Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun whistle

5 senses of whistle

Sense 1
whistle, whistling -- (the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture)
       => sound -- (the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them")

Sense 2
whistle, whistling -- (the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle; "the whistle signalled the end of the game")
       => signal, signaling, sign -- (any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped")

Sense 3
whistle -- (a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it)
       => wind instrument, wind -- (a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath)

Sense 4
whistle -- (acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound)
       => acoustic device -- (a device for amplifying or transmitting sound)
       => signaling device -- (a device used to send signals)

Sense 5
pennywhistle, tin whistle, whistle -- (an inexpensive fipple flute)
       => fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flute -- (a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb whistle

6 senses of whistle

Sense 1
whistle -- (make whistling sounds; "He lay there, snoring and whistling")
       => sound, go -- (make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'")

Sense 2
whistle -- (move with, or as with, a whistling sound; "The bullets whistled past him")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 3
whistle -- (utter or express by whistling; "She whistled a melody")
       => communicate, intercommunicate -- (transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist")

Sense 4
whistle -- (move, send, or bring as if by whistling; "Her optimism whistled away these worries")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 5
whistle, sing -- (make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound; "the kettle was singing"; "the bullet sang past his ear")
       => sound, go -- (make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'")

Sense 6
whistle -- (give a signal by whistling; "She whistled for her maid")
       => sign, signal, signalize, signalise -- (communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs; "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu")

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