Definition of penny whistle in English:

penny whistle

noun

  • 1

    another term for tin whistle
    • ‘All that is experienced at the user end is the computer equivalent of playing Wagner on a penny whistle.’
    • ‘Most of the local beggars are able only to play When the Saints Go Marching In on a penny whistle and authorities admit few stand a chance of passing an audition to become official buskers.’
    • ‘A cut up hybrid of military pomposity and electro bits that, layering penny whistles and rattling snares with the tubas and the piano, feels like a thoroughly modern reading of war.’
    • ‘The term is also used for instruments with full melodic capability such as the swanee whistle and penny whistle.’
    • ‘There isn't one poor song and a bonus is the use of unexpected instruments, such as a recorder and penny whistle on a couple of the tracks.’
    • ‘He spoke of Kate's love of music, and her talent at the flute, harmonium and penny whistle, and how fitting it was that her final journey to the cemetery should be on a horse-drawn carriage, as she had always loved horses.’
    • ‘The interplay between keyboards, flute, guitar and even a rocked out penny whistle is absolutely mesmerizing, with each musician pushing the other to the limit.’
    • ‘Suddenly across the loch, a giant fish leaps up out of the pitch-black water, then disappears beneath the surface, and high above a flock of starlings wheels overhead jabbering with the shrill screech of a penny whistle.’
    • ‘Among the 87 young musicians are players of all the main orchestral instruments and some surprising others, including electric guitar and penny whistle.’
    • ‘But the first three movements could have consisted of penny whistles and tin drums, because the 4th made you forget everything that came before.’
    • ‘It is to make the distinction, he says, between somebody like himself who is a bona-fide musician, and those who think because they can squeeze an out-of-tune note out of a penny whistle it makes them a street entertainer.’
    • ‘Buskers who stand in subways with a cap and a penny whistle can intimidate people, and it doesn't create a pleasant atmosphere.’
    • ‘In 1713, Benjamin Franklin took money he had received for Christmas and bought a penny whistle.’
    • ‘So we find a story about six sailors who were rescued from a shipwreck through blowing on a penny whistle, which was eventually heard by their rescuers.’
    • ‘By now he was in a huddle with two locals, fingering silent chords while one of them played something softly on a penny whistle.’
    • ‘Other influences that can be heard in the band's music include kwela (South African penny whistle music), chimurenga (Zimbabwean dance music), jazz and reggae.’
    • ‘And if you can't whistle, then get a flute or a recorder or a penny whistle or a harmonica and bring your music into the world.’
    • ‘There's not too many people playing the penny whistle in Thailand and it sounds good with Rick's guitar.’
    • ‘They pound on drums, beat on marimbas and blow penny whistles - leaving their audience entranced.’
    • ‘She had minimal skills on the oboe, French horn, guitar, viola, mandolin, and penny whistle.’
    1. 1.1South African as modifier Used to denote kwela music or the musicians playing it.
      • ‘They all have that easy-rolling swing tempo that is the hallmark of early marabi jazz and penny-whistle jive.’

Pronunciation

penny whistle