Friday, May 11, 2012
Definitions for sibilant
- Phonetics. Characterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with s in this.
- Phonetics. A sibilant consonant.
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Citations for sibilant
This is the way the presence of a ghost was detected: Some sound would be heard, such as a sibilant noise, a soft whistle, or something like murmurs, or some sensation in a part of the body might be felt.
He just drank his coffee, making a little sibilant sound, and watched the earth mover lumber back and forth, back and forth, its shovel going up and down and over and up and down and over again.
Origin of sibilant
Sibilant stems from the Latin word sībilant- which meant "whistling or hissing." It is assumed to imitative of the sound itself.