hiss

verb \ ˈhis \

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

hiss

noun

hisser

noun

Examples of hiss in a Sentence

  1. The radiator hissed as it let off steam.

  2. The audience hissed him off the stage.

  3. “Leave me alone!” he hissed.

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Origin and Etymology of hiss

Middle English, of imitative origin

hiss Synonyms


HISS Defined for English Language Learners

hiss

verb

Definition of hiss for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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hiss

verb \ ˈhis \

Definition of hiss for Students

hissed; hissing
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.

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hiss

noun

Definition of hiss for Students

: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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