- to hiss.
- to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.
Origin of sibilate
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- to pronounce or utter (words or speech) with a hissing sound
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Word Origin and History for sibilate
1650s, from Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle" (see sibilant (adj.)). Related: Sibilated; sibilating.
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