- Alger,1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.
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- 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
Word Origin for hiss
C14: of imitative origin
- Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities
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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.).
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