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  • v. Present participle of hiss.
  • n. the sound of a hiss

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses.
  • n. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hiss.
  • n. An occasion of contempt; an object of scorn and derision.

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

  • n. a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)


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  • 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.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • "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.

    hat trick

  • 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.

    Yes Virginia, there is another Mexico

  • A leaky valve they say, indicated by a repetitive loud hissing from the main gasket. frennzy said ...

    Calgon, Take Me Away

  • The breeze whispered along the castle walls and for a moment he thought he heard his name hissing softly in the night wind.

    Last Sword Of Power

  • There came such a loud hissing from the engine that people looked dazed as they scurried to and fro.

    The Garden Party, and Other Stories

  • The tapping had been his footsteps; the hissing was the door in its track.

    Memoirs of a Geisha

  • He heard a sword hissing above the sound of the trumpet.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863


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