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hiss

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verb \ˈhis\

Simple Definition of hiss

  • : to produce a sound like a long “s” : to make a hiss

  • : to show that you dislike or disapprove of someone (such as a performer or speaker) by making a hiss

  • : to say (something) in a loud or angry whisper

Full Definition of hiss

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a sharp sibilant sound <the crowd hissed in disapproval> <hissing steam>

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to express disapproval of by hissing <hissed the performers off the stage>

  5. 2 :  to utter or whisper angrily or threateningly and with a hiss

hiss noun
hiss·er noun

Examples of hiss

  1. The radiator hissed as it let off steam.

  2. The audience hissed him off the stage.

  3. Leave me alone! he hissed.



Origin of hiss

Middle English, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with hiss



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