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Dictionary Definition

hiss

Noun

1 a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience" [syn: hissing, sibilation]
2 a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt [syn: boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, raspberry, razzing, snort, bird]

Verb

1 make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval [syn: siss, sizz, sibilate]
2 move with a whooshing sound [syn: whoosh]
3 express or utter with a hiss [syn: sizz, siss, sibilate]
4 show displeasure, as after a performance or speech [syn: boo] [ant: applaud]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Onomatopoeic

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
  2. An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.

Translations

sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake

Verb

  1. To make a hissing sound.

Translations

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

hiss
  1. An elevator (AE); a lift (BE).

Extensive Definition

Hiss may refer to:
In people:
  • Alger Hiss, a U.S. State Department employee and alleged spy for the Soviet Union
  • Donald Hiss, younger brother of Alger Hiss
  • King Hiss, the villainous king of the Snake Men in Mattel toyline Masters of the Universe
  • Mike Hiss, a former driver in the USAC Championship Car series
  • Sir Hiss, Prince John's fictional sidekick in the 1973 animated Disney movie Robin Hood
hiss in German: Hiss
hiss in Japanese: ヒス (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bronx cheer, aphonia, artificial voice, assibilate, assibilation, bark, bawl, bellow, bird, blare, blat, blubber, boil, boil over, boo, booing, boom, bray, breathe, broken speech, broken tones, broken voice, bubble, bubble over, bubble up, burble, buzz, cackle, catcall, chant, childish treble, chirp, choked voice, coo, cracked voice, croak, crow, decry, deride, disparage, drawl, dysarthria, dyslalia, dyslogia, dysphasia, dysphonia, dysphrasia, effervesce, effervescence, effervescing, exclaim, falsetto, ferment, fizz, fizzle, fizzling, flute, frication, frictional rustling, gasp, give the bird, give the raspberry, gnarl, growl, grumble, grunt, guggle, gurgle, harshness, hawking voice, hissing, hoarseness, hoot, hush, hushing, idioglossia, idiolalia, impairment of speech, jeer, keen, lilt, lisp, lisping, loss of voice, mock, mumble, murmur, mutter, muzzy speech, nasal tone, nasalization, pant, pipe, plop, pooh, pooh-pooh, quaver, raspberry, razz, rhonchus, roar, rumble, scream, screech, seethe, shake, shriek, shush, shushing, sibilance, sibilate, sibilation, siffle, sigh, sigmatism, simmer, sing, siss, sissing, sizz, sizzle, sizzling, snap, snarl, sneeze, sneezing, sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuffle, sob, sparkle, speech defect, speech impediment, spit, splutter, sputter, squall, squash, squawk, squeal, squelch, squish, sternutation, stertor, swish, taunt, the bird, thunder, tremor, trumpet, twang, wail, warble, wheeze, whine, whish, whisper, whistle, whistle at, whistling, white noise, whiz, whoosh, work, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, zip
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