Meaning of whistler in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪslə/


  • 1A person who whistles.

    ‘he couldn't tell whether the whistler was moving away from or towards him’
    • ‘But as others explained, even talented whistlers often choose the tool to avoid putting fingers made grimy by farm work anywhere near their mouth.’
    • ‘All builders, decorators, plumbers, electricians and workmen of whatever stripe are whistlers.’
    • ‘And suddenly the quiet is shattered by an unseen whistler walking on an adjacent platform and giving a perfect rendition of the theme tune to ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’’
    • ‘The Longford whistler sent off his twin brother Tony, but the Crossmaglen player had been frustrated with Bannon's decisions throughout the 70 minutes.’
    • ‘A trademark of Roger Whittaker's performances was a very distinctive ability as a natural whistler.’
    • ‘The novice whistler should resolve to not leave this place until they can hold a tune and maybe perform a few minor key scales.’
    • ‘The writer is also the star of the show (and whistler of the theme tune).’
    • ‘I'm a good whistler, but still: no one wants to hear anyone else whistle.’
    • ‘There was a faint clip-clop sound too, as if the whistler was leading a horse.’
    • ‘But an audience of several hundred packed into the gallery to hear Sheila Harrod, the world's champion whistler, give a demonstration of her skill yesterday.’
    • ‘Subway whistlers are the worst, mostly because they only perform when the train has been stuck between stations for at least 15 minutes.’
    • ‘‘I have no idea Cari,’ Alison said before she did her best impression of an innocent whistler.’
    • ‘Together with humming it may be presumed to be the simplest form of music making, in particular for self amusement, and as such revealing the emotional state of mind of the whistler.’
    • ‘The men around the whistler clapped him on the back, and some of them began to mimic him with whistles of their own.’
    • ‘Eventually, there was a sharp whistle and the boys looked around at the whistler.’
    • ‘As if he were on a mountain, his song came back to him, from another whistler this time.’
    1. 1.1An atmospheric radio disturbance heard as a whistle that falls in pitch, caused by lightning.
      ‘And if you've never heard the likes of sferics, tweeks, or whistlers, or listened to radio from Jupiter, tune in to a page on the site ‘Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum’.’
      • ‘Listening to a tweek or a whistler conjures up nothing like a bolt of lightning in the mind's eye, however.’
      • ‘Sun Rings is a piece composed by Terry Riley for string quartet and a 60-voice choir, and part of it comes from the whistlers recorded by NASA's explorations into space.’
  • 2A robust Australasian and Indonesian songbird with a strong and typically hooked bill and a loud melodious call.

    Also called thickhead

    Family Pachycephalidae: four genera, in particular Pachycephala, and many species

    ‘My grandfather wanted to look through the book and quickly became enthralled by its colorful plates of whistlers, honeyeaters, parrots, pigeons, and doves.’
    • ‘Then there was another black-white-yellow bird, not a whistler - a shrike tit?’
    • ‘Bald coots enjoyed his potatoes, olive whistlers pulled up sprouting peas, and pipits ate young sprouts.’
    • ‘The distribution notes on the shrike-thrush left me somewhat uncertain, but the whistlers are small, under 6 inches.’
    • ‘The golden whistler, richer in geographic variation than any other bird, is the world's greatest speciator.’
  • 3

    another term for hoary marmot

    • ‘In fact, another name for the hoary marmot is the whistler.’