- Phonetics. a sibilant consonant.
Origin of sibilant
Examples from the Web for sibilant
"We have awaited your coming," she said in her sibilant voice.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
Two letters, S and O, a sibilant and a vowel, of which no further explanation can be given.Theaetetus
When they spoke Universal, their voices were sibilant, but not nearly so inhuman.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
It seemed as if that low, stealthy, sibilant whispering was going on forever.Shoe-Bar Stratton
Joseph Bushnell Ames
A sibilant sound from the detective's lips took me to his side.The Motor Pirate
George Sidney Paternoster
- phonetics relating to or denoting the consonants (s, z, / ʃ /, / ʒ /), all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound
- having a hissing soundthe sibilant sound of wind among the leaves
- a sibilant consonant
Word Origin and History for sibilant
1660s, from Latin sibilantem (nominative sibilans), present participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle," possibly of imitative origin (cf. Greek sizein "to hiss," Lettish sikt "to hiss," Old Church Slavonic svistati "to hiss, whistle"). Related: Sibilance; sibilation (1620s).
"speech sound having a hissing effect," 1772, from sibilant (adj.).
- Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh).