hiss

verb
\ ˈhis \
hissed; hissing; hisses

Definition of hiss

intransitive verb

: to make a sharp sibilant sound the crowd hissed in disapproval hissing steam

transitive verb

1 : to express disapproval of by hissing hissed the performers off the stage
2 : to utter or whisper angrily or threateningly and with a hiss

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Other Words from hiss

hiss noun
hisser noun

Synonyms for hiss

Synonyms

fizz, fizzle, sizzle, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)

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Examples of hiss in a Sentence

The radiator hissed as it let off steam. The audience hissed him off the stage. “Leave me alone!” he hissed.
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The wave of women speaking out is now threatening an entrenched machismo culture in a country where women are often catcalled, hissed at and harassed on the street. Almudena Calatrava, The Seattle Times, "Wave of sexual abuse allegations shakes Argentina," 26 Dec. 2018 Here’s how the system is supposed to work: As steam flows into the radiator, an air vent on the side of the radiator will begin to hiss slightly. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Silence a Noisy Steam Radiator," 11 Dec. 2018 On the flip side, a less tractable cat (say, one who growls or hisses when frightened) may scratch and claw her way out of your lap to avoid the procedure. Dr. Rob Sharp, Country Living, "Can I Cut My Cat's Nails at Home?," 10 Mar. 2010 After an opening section coasted for a bit on a meditative air, courtesy of pinging bells and hissing high strings, the soft-grained entrance of trumpets signaled a change, without overhauling the moderate, peaceable dynamics. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: A Pulitzer Sequel for Orchestra, Packed With Drama in Microcosm," 30 Mar. 2018 Israeli soldiers, just a few hundred yards away on the other side of the boundary fence, had fired a volley of hissing cans at the protesters. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "‘A day of gas’ inside a Gaza ambulance," 18 May 2018 DAVID BERGMAN Herald Staff Fans, unaware of the injury, booed and hissed. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Key Biscayne gave us first All-Williams final — and ballgirl who won point against Agassi | Miami Herald," 19 Mar. 2018 His face appeared on a screen and students hissed and booed, offering a reminder that the president’s divisive rhetoric on immigration can’t be forgotten even in times of celebration. Sophie Haigney, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Jose principal becomes U.S. citizen in front of her students," 22 May 2018 Serums like CosRX's Triple C Lightning Liquid, my choice, use antioxidants to intercept free radicals (boo, hiss), which gradually break down your skin's ability to repair itself. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "How Easing Into Retinol Led to My Best Skin Ever," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hiss

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for hiss

Middle English, of imitative origin

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hiss

verb

English Language Learners 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

hiss

verb
\ ˈhis \
hissed; hissing

Kids Definition of hiss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hiss

noun

Kids Definition of hiss (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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