Hiss Definition

hĭs
hissed, hisses, hissing
noun
hisses
A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
American Heritage
The act or sound of hissing.
Webster's New World
An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.
American Heritage
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.
YourDictionary
verb
hissed, hisses, hissing
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.
Webster's New World
To make a hiss.
The audience booed and hissed. The teakettle hissed on the stove.
American Heritage
To say or indicate by hissing.
Webster's New World
To show dislike or disapproval of by hissing.
Webster's New World
To show dislike or disapproval by hissing.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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proper name
1904-96; U.S. public official: accused of espionage.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Hiss

Noun

Singular:
hiss
Plural:
hisses

Origin of Hiss

  • Middle English hissen to hiss of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Onomatopoeic.

    From Wiktionary

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