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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.
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(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
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(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]
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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')
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A. ADJsibilante
B. Nsibilante f
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[ˈsɪbɪlənt] adjsibilant(e)
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adjzischend; hissscharf; sibilant sound (Phon) → Zischlaut m
n (Phon) → Zischlaut m
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1. adjsibilante
2. nsibilante f
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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.
Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound--but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward from across space.
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.
How hard is it to make a sibilant 'ss' for Pete's sake?
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Now the camera-being is sibilant, its jerky head at once desperate to capture everything and aware of its own failing.
(10) Given that s is a sibilant whereas b is a mute, s is assimilated to b:
His voice, by turns sibilant and susurrous, always led me out of the marshes and swamplands of my life.