- 1Make a sharp sibilant sound as of the letter s: the escaping gas was now hissingMore example sentences
- The drums bubble and hiss like gas escaped from slashing ginsu blades, building into a delicious bumping middle section.
- It was hissing, long sharp looking fangs hung out of its gaping mouth.
- Portable gas rings hissed into life and soon gallons of spring water reached boiling point.
- 1.1(Of a person) make a sibilant sound as a sign of disapproval or derision: the audience hissed loudly at the mention of his nameMore example sentences
- Emily hissed loudly, gripping Margaret's arm just as she was about to leave.
- The angels in the hall all hissed slightly, a sound that was half astonished gasp and half restrained fear.
- True, the house was full, but the audience hissed.
- 1.2 [with object] Express disapproval of (someone) by hissing: he was hissed off the stageMore example sentences
- We had food chucked at us in the playground, I was hissed at and once I was threatened with being stabbed, and my brother ended up in a few scraps.
- When he threw out the traditional scenery and costumes from Verdi's Trovatore, or banned encores, he was hissed by the galleries.
- Williams was hissed and booed throughout the match.
- 1.3 [reporting verb] Whisper something in an urgent or angry way: he hissed at them to be quiet [with direct speech]: “Get back!” he hissedMore example sentences
- ‘But I can help,’ Laoise hissed, angry with Devin's attitude.
- ‘We shouldn't be discussing private matters in front of our visitors,’ Kalren hissed at the angry young man.
- ‘I could kill you,’ I hiss, angry at her for what she's done to me.
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- 1A sharp sibilant sound: the spit and hiss of a cornered catMore example sentences
- As her hand almost touched the pile, a sharp hiss filled the air, drowning out all other sounds.
- He pulled it out, and the calm of the whiteness was interrupted by a sharp hiss as he drew his sword.
- There was a low hiss, and something sharp was suddenly at my neck.
- 1.1A sibilant sound used as an expression of disapproval or derision: a hiss of annoyanceMore example sentences
- His remarks were greeted with hisses and derision.
- It earned him a scowling hiss of disapproval from Dendria and a punch in the shoulder from Naoise for his comedic troubles.
- Vincent and Vaughn participated in the school's talent show, to the sounds of boos and hisses from the student audience.
- 1.2Electrical interference at audio frequencies: tape hissMore example sentences
- There is no hiss or distortion to interfere with the dialogue and corny special effects.
- Both audio selections sound crisp and clear, with no hiss or interference.
- Though this isn't the most overly aggressive soundtrack, overall the audio mix is free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion.
late Middle English (as a verb): imitative.