hissing

[ his-ing ]
/ ˈhɪs ɪŋ /
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noun

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

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Origin of hissing

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