From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwhistlewhis‧tle1 /ˈwɪsəl/ ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1 high sound [intransitive, transitive]CSING to make a high or musical sound by blowing air out through your lips 🔊 Adam whistled happily on his way to work. 🔊 I heard this song on the radio and I’ve been whistling it all day. 🔊 He whistled a tune as he strolled down the corridor.whistle to somebody (=whistle to get someone’s attention) 🔊 Dad whistled to us to come home for dinner.whistle at somebody (=whistle to let someone know that you think they are attractive) 🔊 Men are always whistling at Heidi on the street.2 use a whistle [intransitive]CDS to make a high sound by blowing into a whistle 🔊 The referee whistled and the game began.3 go/move fast [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]CFAST/QUICK to move quickly, making a whistling sound 🔊 Bullets and shells were whistling overhead. 🔊 They listened to the wind whistling through the trees.4 steam train/kettle [intransitive]CD if a steam train or kettle whistles, it makes a high sound when air or steam is forced through a small hole5 bird [intransitive]CHBB if a bird whistles, it makes a high musical sound6 → be whistling in the dark7 → somebody can whistle for something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuswhistle• The audience hooted, whistled, and laughed.• He stacked crates one on top of the other, whistling as he did so.• When I got home he was already in his room, whistling away cheerfully.• You belong on your own block, where I can whistle for you.• The kettle was whistling on the stove.• She turned, and another something whistled past her ear.• A bullet whistled past his left cheek.• So I went to school and sat in class and memorized more than understood and whistled past the academic graveyard.• Lucie whistled sharply to catch her attention, then beckoned her over to stand beside him.• You've been whistling that tune all day.• Fans yelled and whistled when the band came on stage.• The ideas, the whistling words, they throbbed in all the senses.whistled ... tune• He whistled a tune as he strolled down the corridor.