verb[with object] literary
Utter with a hissing sound: two gentlemen turned round to me and sibilated the word ‘Poet’ [with direct speech]: ‘Do you think it’s worthwhile,’ sibilated Miss Miranda
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.
- 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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