Definition of sibilate in English:

sibilate

Line breaks: sibi|late
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪbɪleɪt
 
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

sibilation

Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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.

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