Definition of sibilant in English:
1Making or characterized by a hissing sound: his sibilant whisper
More example sentences
- There were shouts and laughter and sibilant whispers.
- You hear the sibilant whisper of gentle waves washing the shore and you know the sea is calm tonight.
- We all spoke German, too, at the table - except when talking to the waitress, when we settled into sibilant cadences and sharp vowels.
2 Phonetics (Of a speech sound) sounded with a hissing effect, for example s, sh.
- Though everyone else in the picture speaks in some variation of a British accent, poor Jolie has been given the Transylvanian throat-sucker's throaty, sibilant vowels, as well as a wardrobe of snakes.
- The addition of e before s after sibilant consonants (pass/passes) and final o (go/goes).
- Modern Portuguese is characterized by an abundance of sibilant and palatal consonants and a broad spectrum of vowel sounds (five nasal phonemes and eight to ten oral ones).
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A sibilant speech sound.
- He kept separate the constituents of consonantal clusters, relishing sibilants and fricatives as much as plosives and liquids, and studied the duration of pauses as carefully as the duration of syllables.
- Some readers do elocution lessons to get rid of troublesome sibilants or worrisome vowels (try imitating a fish).
- But I love hearing French rapped - all those elisions and sibilants are a dreamy alternative to hard-consonant English spitting.
mid 17th century: from Latin sibilant- 'hissing', from the verb sibilare.
- Example sentences
- After about a minute, a single car stopped in front of them, its door hissing open with pneumatic sibilance.
- His speed-speak makes for a high-energy performance, but when compounded with a slight sibilance, it compels the audience to pay close attention to catch what he's saying.
- Floating in glass-topped court-tank of aquamarine. Underwater wave lengths of muffled sibilance, mutated boom.
- Example sentences
- He whistles softly, sibilantly, and says ‘Lord, it has a real nice taste to it…’
- Here, even in mid-summer you are likely to have its three floors to yourself, apart from small groups of female attendants whispering sibilantly in corners or working through crosswords.
- One paper described him as ‘a plump piano player who talks sibilantly through his teeth and has a come-hither smile as comforting as a neon light over an undertaker's establishment.’
Definition of sibilant in:
- US English dictionary