Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hiss.
- n. An occasion of contempt; an object of scorn and derision.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses.
- n. Archaic The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision.
- n. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
“Besides, if folks want to have at him, they shouldn't have to enter his squalid den and endure the inevitable spitting and hissing from the corners.”
“He represents a party which has been nothing but obstructionist," sputtered Valeriani, amid much booing and hissing from the audience.”
“I read the first 50 pages of each one hoping to drown out the hissing from the O² machine.”
“Tell the truth: what sound is more appealing than the hissing from a spit-wet finger on an iron which has been heating on the stove.”
“A leaky valve they say, indicated by a repetitive loud hissing from the main gasket. frennzy said ...”
“The breeze whispered along the castle walls and for a moment he thought he heard his name hissing softly in the night wind.”
“There came such a loud hissing from the engine that people looked dazed as they scurried to and fro.”
“The tapping had been his footsteps; the hissing was the door in its track.”
“He heard a sword hissing above the sound of the trumpet.”
“For, as the action of writing is performed by bending the thumb forward, the retroversion or bending back of that joint did not unaptly point to the opposite of that action, implying that it was the will of the audience that the author should _write no more: _ a much more significant, as well as more humane, way of expressing-that desire, than our custom of hissing, which is altogether senseless and indefensible.”
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An excerpt from Jubilate Agno, written by Christopher Smart between 1759 and 1763 during his confinement for "lunacy" at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethnal Green, London.
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