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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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