Definition of "hiss" []

  • A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s. (noun)
  • An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound. (noun)
  • To make a hiss: The audience booed and hissed. The teakettle hissed on the stove. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter with a hiss: (verb-transitive)
  • To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure. (verb-transitive)
  • A voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc, esp by an audience or crowd (noun)
  • Receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc (noun)
  • An exclamation of derision or disapproval (exclamation)
  • To produce or utter a hiss (verb)
  • To express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger (verb)
  • To show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hiss" in a sentence
  • "Unfortunately the tablet recorded a hiss from the mixer."
  • "At that time the British Constable was responsible for law and order in hiss village."
  • "Preston hit another hidden button and two large speakers lowered from the ceiling above the monitors; both hissed, but not from any electronic malfunction in their circuitry: The hiss was the sound of silence."