verb \ˈhis\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to make a sharp sibilant sound <the crowd hissed in disapproval> <hissing steam>
transitive verb
:  to express disapproval of by hissing <hissed the performers off the stage>
:  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

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Rhymes with HISS

HISSER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈhis\

Definition of HISS for Kids

:  to make a sound like a long \s\ <The creature hissed and hot flame shot from its mouth. — Mary Pope Osborne, Christmas in Camelot>
:  to show dislike or disapproval by hissing
:  to say (something) in a loud or angry whisper <“Keep your voice down!” he hissed.>



Definition of HISS for Kids

:  a sound like a long \s\ sometimes used as a sign of dislike or disapproval <the hiss of steam> <The hiss from the audience became louder.>


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