Hissing
Hiss Hiss (h[i^]s). v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hissed} (h[i^]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hissing}.] [AS. hysian; prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hissen, OD. hisschen.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. --Ezek. xxvii. 36. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew. [1913 Webster]

Shod with steel, We hissed along the polished ice. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hissing — Hiss ing, n. 1. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses. [1913 Webster] 2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] I will make this city desolate, and a hissing. Jer. xix. 8. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hissing — late 14c., hissyng, of imitative origin, but originally also whistling. In both senses expressing opprobrium …   Etymology dictionary

  • hissing — n. sss sound, hiss; act of producing a hissing sound hɪs n. sss sound, noise which sounds like escaping steam v. make a hissing sound; express disapproval or derision by making a hissing sound …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hissing — adj. Hissing is used with these nouns: ↑noise …   Collocations dictionary

  • hissing — /ˈhɪsɪŋ/ (say hising) noun 1. the act of hissing. 2. the sound of a hiss. 3. Obsolete an occasion or object of scorn. {hiss + ing1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hissing — šnypštimas statusas T sritis radioelektronika atitikmenys: angl. hissing vok. Zischen, n rus. шипение, n pranc. sifflement, m …   Radioelektronikos terminų žodynas

  • hissing — noun a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval) (Freq. 2) the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience • Syn: ↑hiss, ↑hushing, ↑fizzle, ↑sibilation • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hissing — /his ing/, n. 1. the act of emitting a hiss. 2. the sound of a hiss. 3. Archaic. an occasion or object of scorn. [1350 1400; ME; see HISS, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hissing — noun the sound of a hiss …   Wiktionary

  • hissing — Synonyms and related words: Bronx cheer, assibilation, banter, bantering, birdies, blooping, blurping, boo, booing, buzz, catcall, catcalling, chaffing, derision, derisive, derisory, distortion, effervescence, effervescent, effervescing, feedback …   Moby Thesaurus

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