Origin of hissing
- 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
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Related Wordsspit, whisper, jeer, hoot, whistle, seethe, boo, wheeze, whirr, blow, revile, sibilate, disapprove, deride, decry, whiz, mock, rasp, damn, catcall
Examples from the Web for hissing
CLAIRE: (hissing) Have you ever considered, even for a second, that what I do matters too?Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
They make all kinds of calls and noises as we pass: slurps, hissing, barking, and even machine-gun sounds.Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic
Sophia Jones, Erin Banco
June 27, 2012
Mrs. Merton had undertaken the duties that appertain to the "hissing urn."Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He paced the chamber like a beast in a cage, hissing out the words in his anger.Casanova's Homecoming
Her hissing and sucking might have been a living gasp for breath.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Then he flew up from the book with a hissing sound, like a radiant streak.The Chinese Fairy Book
In a moment the door was closed behind him, air was hissing into the lock again.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
- 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
- Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities
Word Origin and History for hissing
late 14c., hissyng, of imitative origin (see hiss (v.)), but originally also "whistling." In both senses expressing opprobrium.
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.).