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1. A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
2. An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.
v. hissed, hiss·ing, hiss·es
To make a hiss: The audience booed and hissed. The teakettle hissed on the stove.
1. To utter with a hiss.
2. To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure.
[Middle English hissen, to hiss, of imitative origin.]
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producing, uttering or accompanied by a hiss
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|Noun||1.||hissing - a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"|
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
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