from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hissing sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Utterance with a hissing sound; also, the sound itself; a hiss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sibilating or hissing; the utterance or emission of sibilant sounds; also, a hissing sound; in style, predominance or prominence of the sound of s.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
  • n. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)


Latin sibilatio, from sībilāre ("to hiss"), present active infinitive of sībilō. (Wiktionary)


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