hissing

[ his-ing ]
/ ˈhɪs ɪŋ /

noun

the act of emitting a hiss.
the sound of a hiss.
Archaic. an occasion or object of scorn.

Nearby words

  1. hispidulous,
  2. hiss,
  3. hiss, alger,
  4. hissarlik,
  5. hisself,
  6. hissingly,
  7. hissy,
  8. hissy fit,
  9. hist,
  10. hist-

Origin of hissing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hiss, -ing1

hiss

[ his ]
/ hɪs /

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

a hissing sound, especially one made in disapproval.

Origin of hiss

1350–1400; Middle English hissen; probably imitative; compare Old English hyscan to jeer at, rail (derivative of husc jeering; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German hosc)

Related formshiss·er, nounhiss·ing·ly, adverbout·hiss, verb (used with object)un·hissed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hissing

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 Formshisser, noun

Word Origin for hiss

C14: of imitative origin

Hiss

/ (hɪs) /

noun

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