whistle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciationshwɪsəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhwɪsəl, ˈwɪs-/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(hwisəl, wis-)

Inflections of 'whistle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
whistles
v 3rd person singular
whistling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
whistles
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
whistled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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whistle

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. whistle a [tune, song]
  2. whistle to [her, herself]
  3. whistle [happily, joyfully]
  4. whistle to [signal, indicate]
  5. whistled at her
  6. whistled in [appreciation, surprise, amazement, admiration]
  7. whistled back
  8. whistle down the [street, hall]
  9. whistle [down, up] to him
  10. whistle [down] from there
  11. the [steam, teapot] whistled
  12. the [official, referee] whistled [a foul, the end, a penalty]
  13. whistle in the dark
n
  1. a [wolf, loud, high-pitched, hollow] whistle
  2. the [first, last, final] whistle
  3. a [penny, flute, willow] whistle
  4. the [referee, umpire] blew his whistle
  5. the final whistle [blew, sounded]
  6. [blew] the whistle to [signal, end, break up, alert]
  7. the whistle of [a kettle, boiling water]
  8. idiom: blow the whistle on the [crimes, fraudsters, gangsters]
  9. idiom: as clean as a whistle
  10. idiom: just [need to, let me] wet my whistle first
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