\ 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 Her other cat, normally submissive to Lenny, has been hissing and snarling at him. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was so unfazed by me’: Woman recounts slobber-covered cat’s Anchorage wolverine encounter," 12 Nov. 2019 The animal was described as alert and was hissing and growling when Watson approached. Fox News, "Colorado woman places wild bobcat in backseat 'just feet away' from son, 3: 'This could have been tragic'," 20 Sep. 2019 Explore bubbling mud pots, hissing steam vents, and the craters of dormant volcanoes. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 In the music video for the (conspicuously) bubblegum song, a hissing pastel-pink snake explodes into a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Sexism, Scrutiny, and Standing Up for Herself," 8 Aug. 2019 In another instance, one of her midi-clad friends walked past a table of businessmen in a fancy French restaurant and was hissed at thanks to her heavy skirts. Marlen Komar, Vox, "The surprisingly controversial history of the midi-length skirt," 27 June 2019 Also, the team considering offers to move out of the state gave its fans another bombshell to hiss at. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Sports this weekend: Diamondbacks host Nationals, Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement," 2 Aug. 2019 Along with the many reasons to hiss, there are many reasons to cheer. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Game of Thrones’ wins most nominations for worst season," 18 July 2019 The job comes with an inherent downside: nips and scratches from the angry, hissing snappers trying to get out of the bag. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana noodling: Inside the Hoosier tradition of catching snapping turtles by hand," 14 July 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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18 Nov 2019

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

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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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