Definition of sibilate in English:


Syllabification: sib·i·late
Pronunciation: /ˈsibəˌlāt


[with object]
  • Utter with a hissing sound.
    More example sentences
    • He sibilated sharply and slammed Trey's iced coffee on the counter, stumbling back frantically.
    • Imagine a subtle chorus of voices, the ever present sibilating that accompanies any large crowd.
    • The needle, as it glides across the grooves, sibilates softly and crackles once or twice.



Pronunciation: /ˌsibəˈlāSHən/
More example sentences
  • For the shouts of open, or the sibilations of suppressed, laughter do not usually begin at once but after several seconds.
  • The compacted consonants and lush sibilations of Polish are everywhere.
  • Start with a single long, low sibilation, then alternate between the long sibilations and a series of shorter, more staccato sibilations for an extra warm up for your diaphragm muscles.


mid 17th century: from Latin sibilat- 'hissed, whistled', from the verb sibilare.

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