Definition of hiss
- the crowd hissed in disapproval
- hissing steam
- hissed the performers off the stage
The radiator hissed as it let off steam.
The audience hissed him off the stage.
“Leave me alone!” he hissed.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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