Definitions for HISShɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hisshɪs(v.; n.)hissed, hiss•ing

  1. (v.i.)to make or emit a sharp sound like that of the letter s when prolonged.

  2. to express disapproval or contempt by making this sound.

  3. (v.t.)to express disapproval of by hissing.

  4. to silence or drive away by hissing (usu. fol. by away, down, etc.).

  5. to utter with a hiss.

  6. (n.)a hissing sound, esp. one made in disapproval.

Origin of hiss:

1350–1400; prob. imit.



  1. Alger, 1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hiss, hissing, hushing, fizzle, sibilation(noun)

    a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)

    "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"

  2. boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, razz, snort, bird(verb)

    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

  3. hiss, siss, sizz, sibilate(verb)

    make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval

  4. hiss, whoosh(verb)

    move with a whooshing sound

  5. hiss, sizz, siss, sibilate(verb)

    express or utter with a hiss

  6. boo, hiss(verb)

    show displeasure, as after a performance or speech

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hiss(verb)ɪs

    to make the sound of the letter 's', like a snake

    The python hissed.; the hiss of the old recording; boos and hisses from the crowd


  1. hiss(Noun)

    A sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.

  2. hiss(Noun)

    An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.

  3. hiss(Verb)

    To make a hissing sound.

    As I started to poke it, the snake hissed at me.

  4. Origin: Onomatopoeic

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiss(verb)

    to make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval

  2. Hiss(verb)

    to make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew

  3. Hiss(verb)

    to condemn or express contempt for by hissing

  4. Hiss(verb)

    to utter with a hissing sound

  5. Hiss(noun)

    a prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt

  6. Hiss(noun)

    any sound resembling that above described

  7. Hiss(noun)

    the noise made by a serpent

  8. Hiss(noun)

    the note of a goose when irritated

  9. Hiss(noun)

    the noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove

Translations for HISS

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


such a sound

The speaker ignored the hisses of the angry crowd.

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