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Wheeple

[WEE-pəl]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Scottish dialect, 10th century.

1.

To emit a shrill cry or whistle, sometimes feebly.

Examples of Wheeple in a sentence

"The chicks in the nest outside my window wheepled as they waited for their mother to bring them worms."

"JD wheepled up to Veronica’s window, hoping not to wake her parents."

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About Wheeple

“Wheeple” is a Scottish dialect term adopted into English in the early 19th century.

Did you Know?

The term “wheeple” in Scottish also appeared as “whipple,” “wheeble,” “wheeffle,” and “feeple,” and originally referred particularly to the high-pitched cries of birds such as the plover and curlew. After the mid-19th century, “wheeple” also described people whistling, especially tunelessly.

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