from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sharp sibilant sound similar to a sustained s.
- n. An expression of disapproval, contempt, or dissatisfaction conveyed by use of this sound.
- intransitive v. To make a hiss: The audience booed and hissed. The teakettle hissed on the stove.
- transitive v. To utter with a hiss:
- transitive v. To express (a negative view or reaction) by uttering a hiss: The audience hissed its displeasure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high-pitched sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
- n. An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.
- v. To make a hissing sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
- intransitive v. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound.
- transitive v. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
- transitive v. To utter with a hissing sound.
- n. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
- n. Any sound resembling that above described.
- n. The noise made by a serpent.
- n. The note of a goose when irritated.
- n. The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or emit a sound like a prolonged enunciation of s, as a serpent or a goose; utter or send forth a long-drawn sibilation; hence, to emit any similar sound, as water thrown on hot metal, or as steam rushing through a small orifice; specifically (of persons), to express disapprobation or contempt by uttering such a sound.
- To whizz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.
- To condemn or express disapproval of by hissing.
- n. A continued sound like that of s; a prolonged sibilation produced by the organs of utterance, or any similar sound: as, a serpent's hiss. It is a common expression of disapprobation or contempt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move with a whooshing sound
- n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
- n. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
- v. express or utter with a hiss
- v. show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
- v. make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
Middle English hissen, to hiss, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)