sibilate

[ sib-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈsɪb əˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.

to hiss.

verb (used with object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.

to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.

Nearby words

  1. siberian wallflower,
  2. siberite,
  3. sibilant,
  4. sibilant rale,
  5. sibilantly,
  6. sibir,
  7. sibirʾ,
  8. sibiu,
  9. sibling,
  10. sibling species

Origin of sibilate

1650–60; < Latin sībilātus (past participle of sībilāre to hiss); see sibilant, -ate1

Related formssib·i·la·tion, nounsib·i·la·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sibilate

sibilate

/ (ˈsɪbɪˌleɪt) /

verb

to pronounce or utter (words or speech) with a hissing sound
Derived Formssibilation, noun

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Word Origin and History for sibilate

sibilate

v.

1650s, from Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle" (see sibilant (adj.)). Related: Sibilated; sibilating.

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