Definition of whistler in US English:



  • 1A person who whistles.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The writer is also the star of the show (and whistler of the theme tune).’
    • ‘All builders, decorators, plumbers, electricians and workmen of whatever stripe are whistlers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I have no idea Cari,’ Alison said before she did her best impression of an innocent whistler.’
    • ‘The men around the whistler clapped him on the back, and some of them began to mimic him with whistles of their own.’
    • ‘The novice whistler should resolve to not leave this place until they can hold a tune and maybe perform a few minor key scales.’
    • ‘As if he were on a mountain, his song came back to him, from another whistler this time.’
    • ‘But as others explained, even talented whistlers often choose the tool to avoid putting fingers made grimy by farm work anywhere near their mouth.’
    • ‘A trademark of Roger Whittaker's performances was a very distinctive ability as a natural 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.’
    • ‘Eventually, there was a sharp whistle and the boys looked around at the whistler.’
    • ‘I'm a good whistler, but still: no one wants to hear anyone else whistle.’
    • ‘Subway whistlers are the worst, mostly because they only perform when the train has been stuck between stations for at least 15 minutes.’
    1. 1.1 An atmospheric radio disturbance heard as a whistle that falls in pitch, caused by lightning.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
  • 2A robust Australasian and Indonesian songbird with a strong and typically hooked bill and a loud melodious call.

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

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

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