Meaning of wolf whistle in English:

wolf whistle

(also wolf-whistle)


  • A whistle with a rising and falling pitch, directed towards someone to express sexual attraction or admiration.

    • ‘Spanish men favour the noise ch-ch-ch-ch-ch over the wolf whistle for street harassment.’
    • ‘Oh, and by the way, I got a wolf whistle in the street the other day.’
    • ‘Comments from men such as ‘wouldn't mind a sneak peak under that skirt’ accompanied by a wolf whistle imply that men think that you're wearing a mini with the intention of turning them on.’
    • ‘In the two years since he inherited the birds from a friend, Gary has taught them to say all the basics, from ‘hello’ to a cheeky wolf whistle.’
    • ‘Legge plays him with such smiley, boyish charm that, at the final curtain, he earned a loud wolf whistle from the gentleman sitting next to me.’
    • ‘I suspect there will be a few raised eyebrows from the traditionalists and perhaps the odd wolf whistle from the Longhurst Stand.’
    • ‘But I think sometimes getting a wolf whistle can be fun, but sometimes it's sleazy.’
    • ‘Except for the occasional wolf whistle, Superchav passes unnoticed among them.’
    • ‘Trent let out a wolf whistle, giving Shane the once over.’
    • ‘With shining eyes he let out a wolf whistle playfully, grinning, as Jake looked over his shoulder and smiled mischievously.’
    • ‘He couldn't do a proper wolf whistle with his fingers in his mouth, but it was still quite a loud whistle which carried above the rooftops and made Justin turn around.’
    • ‘The story is told of how a trooper once let out a wolf whistle and muttered something under his breath as Sarah walked by him.’
    • ‘I got halfway to my locker when I heard a wolf whistle from behind me.’
    • ‘A man dressed in black leapt from an alleyway in front of her, releasing a wolf whistle from his lips.’
    • ‘I offered to get them and as I got out of the car, Andy let out a wolf whistle.’
    • ‘As colleagues walk by, they wolf whistle or wink conspiratorially at him.’
    • ‘I let the towel drop to the floor, and quickly walked over to the pool, ignoring Dom's excessive wolf whistle, I dived straight into the pool.’
    • ‘Enthusiastic youths in the audience kept the atmosphere alive with catcalls, wolf whistles, loud cheers and boisterous shouts, besides the occasional hoot and the intermittent scream.’
    • ‘A handful of hapless punters are dragged up and the whole thing descends into a sort of free-form hoedown, complete with catcalls and wolf whistles.’
    • ‘When the astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell was in her final year as a physics student at Glasgow University in the early 1960s, she was greeted by a barrage of wolf whistles and foot stamping every time she walked into a lecture theatre.’
    whistle, boo, hiss, jeer, raspberry, hoot, brickbat, taunt, shout of derision


[with object]
  • Whistle to express admiration.

    ‘fans wolf-whistled her as she took off her jacket’
    no object ‘they wolf-whistled at me’
    • ‘Builders who annoy residents by smoking, swearing or wolf-whistling face similar sanctions - and so they should.’
    • ‘Today we cooed and ogled and wolf-whistled every time he was on the screen.’
    • ‘We got to see both Stewart and Jackson in nothing but their underwear and are happy to report that both men are in good shape (Stewart reportedly has complained that audience members often wolf-whistle him).’
    • ‘Obviously the servicemen would wolf-whistle their appreciation of her display.’
    • ‘You could always wolf-whistle every time she passes and say, ‘Ooh ooh ohh, sexy knickers!’’
    • ‘There were even builders wolf-whistling at the short-skirted women.’
    • ‘She crossed the road several times in an attempt to get away but the man followed her, wolf-whistling at her as he did so.’
    • ‘He's still wolf-whistling after his wife and that must surely count for something.’
    • ‘Till had only been in Money a few days when rumours started to circulate that he had wolf-whistled at the young wife of the white storekeeper Roy Bryant, and maybe even suggested he take her on a date.’
    • ‘I was walking to work and this really quite fit and cheeky bloke in a van wolf-whistled at me and called me gorgeous.’
    • ‘The men would probably have made a lewd comment, or at least wolf-whistled to make each other laugh.’
    • ‘They wolf-whistle, ask for your name, your number, etc, and one even commented (to hearty sniggers among his vendor friends, the cretin) that Tuppy's skirt is very short.’
    • ‘After his best work, you don't just want to applaud - you want to wolf-whistle and hold a lighter up in the air.’
    • ‘When Arthur Trinder used a wolf-whistle catch the attention of a pretty girl in the street, he wasn't sure where it would lead.’
    • ‘His only crime was to wolf-whistle at a white woman behind the counter of a grocery store.’
    • ‘Behind us, Réz was wolf-whistling, but I don't think we really minded.’
    • ‘The English Court of Appeal upheld the conviction of a man jailed for 14 days for wolf-whistling at a juror from the court's public gallery.’
    • ‘The crowd starts cheering, and begins shouting and wolf-whistling.’
    • ‘More particularly, several of the men were wolf-whistling.’
    • ‘Making their way into the shop, they ignored the wolf-whistles and jeers from the group of girls, ordered two strawberry milkshakes, and left.’


wolf whistle

/ˈwʊlf wɪs(ə)l/