sibilate

[sib-uh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.
  1. to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.

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

verb
  1. to pronounce or utter (words or speech) with a hissing sound
Derived Formssibilation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sibilate
v.

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

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