Origin of hissing
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of hiss
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|DAILY BEAST
They make all kinds of calls and noises as we pass: slurps, hissing, barking, and even machine-gun sounds.
With the pincers he picked up a bit of hot iron and dropped it hissing into the pail, which he pushed beneath the tent.The Best Short Stories of 1920|Various
Seizing me in her arms she was about to do so, when the crackling and hissing flames burst forth around us.Won from the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
Then, with a hissing plunge, it disappeared beneath the turbid flood of the great river.Raftmates|Kirk Munroe
It grew, and its hissing, crackling length reached upward to a fine-drawn point that touched the opening above.
As soon as the hissing stops, remove the work from the water or brine and plunge in oil for complete cooling.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting|Harold P. Manly
Word Origin for hiss
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.).