English dictionary

Info: This web site is based on WordNet 3.0 from Princeton University.

English noun: whistle

1. whistle (event) the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture


Broader (hypernym)sound

2. whistle (communication) the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle

SamplesThe whistle signalled the end of the game.


Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling

3. whistle (artifact) a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it

Broader (hypernym)wind, wind instrument

4. whistle (artifact) acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound

Broader (hypernym)acoustic device, signaling device

Narrower (hyponym)boat whistle, factory whistle, steam whistle

5. whistle (artifact) an inexpensive fipple flute

Synonymspennywhistle, tin whistle

Broader (hypernym)fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flute

English verb: whistle

1. whistle (perception) make whistling sounds

SamplesHe lay there, snoring and whistling.

ExamplesThe birds whistle in the woods , The woods whistle with many kinds of birds

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

2. whistle (motion) move with, or as with, a whistling sound

SamplesThe bullets whistled past him.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

3. whistle (communication) utter or express by whistling

SamplesShe whistled a melody.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

4. whistle (motion) move, send, or bring as if by whistling

SamplesHer optimism whistled away these worries.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

5. whistle (communication) make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

SamplesThe kettle was singing.
The bullet sang past his ear.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

6. whistle (communication) give a signal by whistling

SamplesShe whistled for her maid.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signalise, signalize

Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2018 onlineordbog.dk