Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hissing sound.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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