- to make or emit a sharp sound like that of the letter s prolonged, as a snake does, or as steam does when forced under pressure through a small opening.
- to express disapproval or contempt by making this sound: The audience hissed when the actor forgot his lines.
- to express disapproval of by hissing: The audience hissed the controversial play.
- to silence or drive away by hissing (usually followed by away, down, etc.): They hissed down the author when he tried to speak.
- to utter with a hiss.
- a hissing sound, especially one made in disapproval.
Origin of hiss
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Examples from the Web for hissed
Next door, a strip mall popped and hissed as unknown accelerants aided in its fiery destruction.Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
Despite admonitions from the chair, the audience frequently laughed, hissed and cheered the proceedings.Rob Ford, Crack Smoking Mayor, Remains Defiant in Confrontation with Toronto City Council
November 14, 2013
The House of Shock cast member, better known as Momma Jen, hissed.The House of Shock Is Terrifying Its Guests and Causing Controversy—and the Zombies Who Run the Show Are Loving It
October 25, 2013
They laughed at his jokes, hissed at his political opponents and rose to their feet for his applause lines.Ted Cruz Gets An Early Start For 2016
August 11, 2013
As he walked from the set, Murdoch made straight for me and hissed: “You have just made an important new enemy.”Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB Bid Is His Latest Move for Control
January 30, 2011
"Kape quiet, ye divil," hissed O'Donnell, grasping her by the arm.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The ghost frowned and hissed, for it feared to lose its prey.
The water foamed and hissed, and seemed about to pour over the wall.
Some said one thing, some another, and some only groaned and hissed.Barnaby Rudge
It was she whom they had hissed like that; it was on herself that they had spat.His Masterpiece
- a voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s
- such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc, esp by an audience or crowd
- electronics receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc
- an exclamation of derision or disapproval
- (intr) to produce or utter a hiss
- (tr) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
- (tr) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing
- Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities
Word Origin and History for hissed
late 14c., of imitative origin. Johnson wrote, "it is remarkable, that this word cannot be pronounced without making the noise which it signifies." Related: Hissed; hissing.
1510s, from hiss (v.).