verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of hiss
Synonyms for hiss
Related Words for hissescatcall, hoot, spit, whisper, jeer, whistle, seethe, boo, wheeze, whirr, derision, buzz, contempt, blow, revile, sibilate, disapprove, deride, decry, whiz
Examples from the Web for hisses
Contemporary Examples of hisses
From the moment you leave the gate there is a sequence of strange noises, hisses, clunks, roars, juddering, and sudden levitation.No, Noah Gallagher Shannon, Your Plane Was Not Going to Crash
June 1, 2013
So I rest my hands in my lap and he hisses, "Don't touch those!"
So I leave the wheel alone and he hisses, "Don't touch that!"
Historical Examples of hisses
No, you will fall beneath an explosion of hisses, and drag all of us down with you.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There were hisses from the crowd and cries of protest, but that was all.White Fang
He came on the stage and was greeted with a storm of hisses.
When disturbed it is vicious in appearance, hisses loudly and strikes vigorously.Pathfinder
To the silence of a moment before had succeeded a babel of shrieks and hisses."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Word Origin for hiss
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.).