Hiss

Definition of Hiss

Pronunciation: hĭs
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Hissed (hĭst); p. pr. & vb. n. Hissing.]
The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.
- Ezek. xxvii. 36.
2.To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
Shod with steel,
We hissed along the polished ice.
- Wordsworth.
v. t.1.To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them.
- Shak.
Malcolm. What is the newest grief?
Ros. That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.
- Shak.
2.To utter with a hissing sound.
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise.
- Tennyson.
n.1.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.
"Hiss" implies audible friction of breath consonants.
- H. Sweet.
A dismal, universal hiss, the sound
Of public scorn.
- Milton.
2.Any sound resembling that above described
But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue.
- Milton.
3.The note of a goose when irritated.

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