Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or making a hissing sound: badly recorded music that sounded hissy when played back.
  • n. Chiefly Southern and South Midland U.S. See tantrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Accompanied with hisses
  • adj. Making a hissing sound
  • adj. Childish or petulant (compare hissy fit)
  • n. A tantrum, a fit

Etymologies

Short for hissy fit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • COSTELLO: He suggests Obama allow Clinton to go negative, something he says she's done a pretty good job of, thanks to what he calls hissy fits.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2008

  • If Conan's signing off speech is what you call a hissy fit then I don't want to be around your temper tantrums.

    EW.com: Today's Latest Headlines

  • I love how he focused on the word hissy fits and ignored everything else. valdivia:

    Balloon Juice

  • WILDER: But these things were described as hissy fits.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2008

  • Please recall the hissy (and shit) fit I tossed when the "Stomping on Robert Frost" -- with cute ponies by Jeffers was discussed.

    In the mail

  • I'm disappointed, but I'm going to hold off any kind of hissy fit mode until we see what actually happens with the immunity fight.

    Obama Backing FISA "Compromise"

  • Oh, I love that I'm not the only one who gets "hissy" but with a capital P when I can't *do* something straight away.

    Felting? Hmmm....

  • Next up for Nickels: throwing the same kind of hissy fit over what the SR 520 rebuild will be like.

    Sound Politics: Balterdash

  • Rather, it's a sibilant problem, in which the sibilants are pronounced in a thinner, more 'hissy' fashion than is normal among American males.

    Archive 2005-11-06

  • He’s called a hissy-fit by-election – the first in history apparently.

    Is Brown about to follow Clegg and not field a candidate?

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