sibilate

verb
sib·​i·​late | \ ˈsi-bə-ˌlāt How to pronounce sibilate (audio) \
sibilated; sibilating

Definition of sibilate

intransitive verb

1 : hiss
2 : to utter an initial sibilant : prefix an \s\-sound

transitive verb

1 : hiss
2 : to pronounce with an initial sibilant : prefix an \s\-sound to

Other Words from sibilate

sibilation \ ˌsi-​bə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce sibilation (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of sibilate

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sibilate

Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare

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The first known use of sibilate was circa 1656

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“Sibilate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sibilate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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