- to make or emit a sharp sound like that of the letter s prolonged, as a snake does, or as steam does when forced under pressure through a small opening.
- to express disapproval or contempt by making this sound: The audience hissed when the actor forgot his lines.
- to express disapproval of by hissing: The audience hissed the controversial play.
- to silence or drive away by hissing (usually followed by away, down, etc.): They hissed down the author when he tried to speak.
- to utter with a hiss.
- a hissing sound, especially one made in disapproval.
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"
- 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
- Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities
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.).