sibilate

verb
sib·​i·​late | \ˈsi-bə-ˌlāt \
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 \ 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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