hissy
noun Etymology: perhaps by shortening & alteration from hysterical Date: circa 1934 chiefly Southern & southern Midland tantrum

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  • hissy — 1905, from HISS (Cf. hiss) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Hissy fit is attested by 1983 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hissy — /his ee/, n., pl. hissies. Slang. a fit of anger; temper tantrum. Also called hissy fit. [1930 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • hissy — n A fit. She threw a hissy when she saw him with another girl. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • hissy — 1. adjective a) Accompanied with hisses b) Making a hissing sound 2. noun A tantrum, a fit …   Wiktionary

  • hissy — his•sy [[t]ˈhɪs i[/t]] n. pl. sies. cvb sts sl. a fit of anger; temper tantrum Also called his′sy fit . • Etymology: 1930–35, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • hissy — ˈhisē noun ( es) Etymology: origin unknown Southwest : a fit of temper : tantrum …   Useful english dictionary

  • hissy fit — ☆ hissy fit [his′ē ] n. Dial. a fit of anger: usually in the phrase have (or throw) a hissy fit: also hissy n. pl. hissies * * * …   Universalium

  • hissy fit — hissy .fit n informal a sudden moment of unreasonable anger and annoyance = ↑tantrum throw/have a hissy fit ▪ Williams threw a hissy fit when she decided her hotel room wasn t big enough …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hissy fit — ☆ hissy fit [his′ē ] n. Dial. a fit of anger: usually in the phrase have (or throw) a hissy fit: also hissy n. pl. hissies …   English World dictionary

  • hissy fit — hissˈy fit noun (informal, orig US) 1. A tantrum 2. A display of petulance • • • Main Entry: ↑hiss * * * hissy fit UK [ˈhɪsi ˌfɪt] US noun [countable] [ …   Useful english dictionary

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