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Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.
A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).

[Latin sībilāns, sībilant-, present participle of sībilāre, to hiss.]

sib′i·lance, sib′i·lan·cy n.
sib′i·lant·ly adv.


(ˈsɪbɪlənt) or


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics relating to or denoting the consonants (s, z, /ʃ/, /ʒ/), all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound
2. having a hissing sound: the sibilant sound of wind among the leaves.
(Phonetics & Phonology) a sibilant consonant
[C17: from Latin sībilāre to hiss, of imitative origin; compare Greek sizein to hiss]
ˈsibilance, ˈsibilancy n
ˈsibilantly adv


(ˈsɪb ə lənt)

1. hissing.
2. of or pertaining to a consonant sound in which air is channeled through a narrow groove along the center of the tongue, producing a hissing sound.
3. a sibilant consonant sound, as (s), (z), (sh), or (zh).
[1660–70; < Latin sībilant-, s. of sībilāns, present participle of sībilāre to hiss, derivative of sībilus a hissing, whistling; see -ant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sibilant - a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
fricative, fricative consonant, spirant - a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
Adj.1.sibilant - of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
soft - (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')


A. ADJsibilante
B. Nsibilante f


[ˈsɪbɪlənt] adjsibilant(e)


adjzischend; hissscharf; sibilant sound (Phon) → Zischlaut m
n (Phon) → Zischlaut m


1. adjsibilante
2. nsibilante f
References in classic literature ?
Anne was sitting at her open window, for the time forgetful of the woes of examinations and the cares of the world, as she drank in the beauty of the summer dusk, sweet-scented with flower breaths from the garden below and sibilant and rustling from the stir of poplars.
Sometimes this gurgle became sibilant, almost a whistle.
There was a low, sibilant rise and fall--the breathing of the creature.
When anybody entered the room, she uttered a shshshsh so sibilant and ominous, that it frightened the poor old lady in her bed, from which she could not look without seeing Mrs.
Again in the utter silence I heard that thin, sibilant note which spoke of intense suppressed excitement.
His voice, by turns sibilant and susurrous, always led me out of the marshes and swamplands of my life.
In the above given examples, a listener is not sure which phoneme has been spoken first, whether it is velar stop or sibilant.
The use of supercilious, with its sibilant sounds, was an apt choice for the character of Gopher to describe Rabbit, who was a bit stuffy (as well as stuffed, being a stuffed animal).
Bornstein's sibilant voice as she talked about the various sizes of Starbucks paper cups prompted that familiar feeling.
Perhaps there is another sibilant to be placed above "J.
Gasbarre's Wolf was sibilant and "oh my, what a package and he knows it" sexy--but scary-but sexy--oh, you know what I mean (he says, fanning himself)
5-litre unit being a little sibilant in the upper reaches of the rev range.