hiss

verb
\ 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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Other Words from hiss

hiss noun
hisser noun

Synonyms for hiss

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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 Lacy and Daddario have the toughest roles, and White and the actors do an impressive job of not giving us easy cues about when to hiss at Shane’s selfishness, or root for Rachel’s yearning to be independent. oregonlive, 7 July 2021 Sensing the commotion and chaos, Aries began to hiss and growl. Brett Steenbarger, Forbes, 20 May 2021 But imagine trying to plead your case before a judge while your phone cuts in and out, your kids wail in the background, or library patrons hiss shhhh. Eric Scigliano, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 Cordova-Rojas, who previously volunteered at the New York City Wild Bird Fund for five years, said swans are normally territorial and can hiss at or try to flee from people when threatened. Alec Snyder, CNN, 12 Nov. 2020 When threatened, these wide-eyed critters will hiss and clasp their paws atop their heads, undulate like snakes, and suck up a mouthful of venom from glands in their armpits. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Feb. 2020 One painful memory of mine from the summer of 2018—of an encounter with a rabid harasser who hissed threatening insults at me at the San Francisco Airport—has returned to haunt me. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2020 There was blood on the floor, the otter was hissing, and my daughter was screaming. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2020 Some booed and hissed while others stood beside them and clapped because, well, capitalism. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 4 Feb. 2020

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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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“Hiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiss. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for hiss

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 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.

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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