Hiss

[ his ]
/ hɪs /

noun

Alger,1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.
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British Dictionary definitions for alger hiss (1 of 2)

hiss

/ (hɪs) /

noun

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

interjection

an exclamation of derision or disapproval

verb

Derived Forms

hisser, noun

Word Origin for hiss

C14: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for alger hiss (2 of 2)

Hiss

/ (hɪs) /

noun

Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities

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