Hiss is the sound a snake makes.
- The definition of a hiss is the sound of an angry animal or of escaping air or steam, or the sound of a long s.
An example of a hiss is the sound of a snake in distress.
- Hiss is defined as to make the sound of a snake or a long s.
An example of to hiss is to go "ssssssss."
- to make a sound like that of a prolonged s, as of a goose or snake when provoked or alarmed, or of escaping steam, air, etc.
- to show dislike or disapproval by hissing
Origin of hissMiddle English hissen, of echoic origin, originally
- to say or indicate by hissing
- to show dislike or disapproval of by hissing
- to force or drive by hissing: to hiss a performer off the stage
- A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
- An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.
verbhissed, hiss·ing, hiss·es
- To utter with a hiss.
- To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure.
Origin of hissMiddle English hissen to hiss of imitative origin
(third-person singular simple present hisses, present participle hissing, simple past and past participle hissed)
- (intransitive) To make a hissing sound.
- As I started to poke it, the snake hissed at me.
- The arrow hissed through the air.
- To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
- To utter with a hissing sound.