\ ˈhis How to pronounce hiss (audio) \
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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hiss noun
hisser noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the address, Democrats booed and hissed. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "‘Appalling and shameful’: Rep. Kay Granger leads GOP effort to condemn Pelosi for tearing SOTU copy," 6 Feb. 2020 My concerns began when our cat started hissing at an empty corner. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "If you’re looking for ghosts, you might find them," 15 Jan. 2020 The crowd hissed and yelled as an older man tried to break the line. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Cuba Ration Lines Grow Tense as Economy Flails," 21 June 2019 Inside the factory, hissing machines make a music of their own, stamping and spitting out their wooden parts. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s a film noir quality about these artists, simple, disheveled scenes with steam hissing out of them. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Edith Halpert and American Modernism," 14 Dec. 2019 By sound: Whistling or hissing coming from the ground. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Dealing with a gas leak," 26 Dec. 2019 Defense partner Leddy found heaps of open ice to rush from his own end, bullish winger Lee made a shifty power move down low to keep possession, and Boychuk’s shot hissed through traffic. BostonGlobe.com, "A 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders was the seventh setback in eight games for the Bruins (21-7-8), in a matchup of the second- and third-best teams in the East.," 20 Dec. 2019 But at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, their new black NSM flag flew beside other groups’ swastikas and Confederate banners as marchers hissed racist taunts. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "A black activist convinced a neo-Nazi he’d save him from legal ruin. Then the real plan began.," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of hiss was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Hiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiss. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ ˈhis How to pronounce hiss (audio) \
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.



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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