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Whistle vs. Catcall — What's the Difference?

Whistle vs. Catcall — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Whistle and Catcall

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Whistle

A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means.
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Catcall

A harsh or shrill call or whistle expressing derision or disapproval.
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Whistle

To produce a clear musical sound by forcing air through the teeth or through an aperture formed by pursing the lips.
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Catcall

To express derision or disapproval of with catcalls.
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Whistle

To produce a clear, shrill, sharp musical sound by passing air over or through an opening
The tea kettle whistled on the stove.
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Catcall

To make catcalls.
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Whistle

To produce a high-pitched sound when moving swiftly through the air
The stone whistled past my head.
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Catcall

A shout or whistle expressing dislike, especially from a crowd or audience; a jeer, a boo.
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Whistle

To produce a high-pitched sound by the rapid movement of air through an opening or past an obstruction
Wind whistled through the cracks in the windows.
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Catcall

A shout, whistle, or comment of a sexual nature, usually made toward a passing woman.
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Whistle

To emit a shrill, sharp, high-pitched cry, as some birds and other animals.
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Catcall

(historical) A whistle blown by a theatre-goer to express disapproval.
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Whistle

To produce by whistling
Whistle a tune.
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Catcall

(programming) In the Eiffel programming language, a run-time error caused by use of the wrong data type.
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Whistle

To summon, signal, or direct by whistling
I whistled down a cab. The referee whistled that the play was dead.
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Catcall

To make such an exclamation.
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Whistle

(Sports) To signal a rule infraction committed by (a player).
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Catcall

A sound like the cry of a cat, such as is made in playhouses to express dissatisfaction with a play; also, a small shrill instrument for making such a noise.
Upon the rising of the curtain. I was very much surprised with the great consort of catcalls which was exhibited.
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Whistle

A small wind instrument for making whistling sounds by means of the breath.
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Catcall

A cry expressing disapproval
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Whistle

A device for making whistling sounds by means of forced air or steam
A factory whistle.
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Catcall

Utter catcalls at
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Whistle

A sound produced by a whistling device or by whistling through the lips.
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Whistle

A whistling sound, as of an animal or projectile.
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Whistle

A device designed to be placed in the mouth and blown, or driven by steam or some other mechanism, to make a whistling sound.
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Whistle

An act of whistling.
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Whistle

A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.
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Whistle

Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.
The whistle of the wind in the trees
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Whistle

(Cockney rhyming slang) A suit (from whistle and flute).
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Whistle

(colloquial) The mouth and throat; so called as being the organs of whistling.
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Whistle

(ambitransitive) To make a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth. To produce a whistling sound, restrictions to the flow of air are created using the teeth, tongue and lips.
Never whistle at a funeral.
She was whistling a happy tune.
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Whistle

(ambitransitive) To make a similar sound by forcing air through a musical instrument or a pipe etc.
The steam train whistled as it passed by.
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Whistle

(intransitive) To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.
A bullet whistled past.
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Whistle

(transitive) To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
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Whistle

To make a kind of musical sound, or series of sounds, by forcing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; also, to emit a similar sound, or series of notes, from the mouth or beak, as birds.
The weary plowman leaves the task of day,And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way.
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Whistle

To make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.
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Whistle

To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.
The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar.
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Whistle

To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.
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Whistle

To send, signal, or call by a whistle.
He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled him up.
I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the windTo prey at fortune.
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Whistle

A sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle.
Might we but hearThe folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, . . . Or whistle from the lodge.
The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and by that means lost his whistle.
They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas.
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Whistle

The shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like, passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of a metallic bell or cup.
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Whistle

An instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity, or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips; as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam whistle (see Steam whistle, under Steam).
The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew.
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Whistle

The mouth and throat; - so called as being the organs of whistling.
So was her jolly whistle well ywet.
Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.
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Whistle

The sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
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Whistle

The act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle;
The whistle signalled the end of the game
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Whistle

Acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound
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Whistle

An inexpensive fipple flute
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Whistle

Make whistling sounds;
He lay there, snoring and whistling
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Whistle

Move with, or as with, a whistling sound;
The bullets whistled past him
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Whistle

Utter or express by whistling;
She whistled a melody
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Whistle

Move, send, or bring as if by whistling;
Her optimism whistled away these worries
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Whistle

Make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound;
The kettle was singing
The bullet sang past his ear
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Whistle

Give a signal by whistling;
She whistled for her maid
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