hiss

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Etymology

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation

Noun

hiss (plural hisses)

  1. A high-pitched sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
  2. An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.

Translations

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Verb

hiss (third-person singular simple present hisses, present participle hissing, simple past and past participle hissed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a hissing sound.
    As I started to poke it, the snake hissed at me.
    The arrow hissed through the air.
    • Wordsworth
      Shod with steel, / We hissed along the polished ice.
    • 2011 December 14, John Elkington, “John Elkington”, the Guardian:
      It turns out that the driver of the red Ferrari that caused the crash wasn't, as I first guessed, a youngster, but a 60-year-old. Clearly, he had energy to spare, which was more than could be said about a panel I listened to around the same time as the crash. Indeed, someone hissed in my ear during a First Magazine awards ceremony in London's imposing Marlborough House on 7 December: "What we need is more old white men on the stage."
  2. (transitive) To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
    • Bible, Ezekiel xxvii. 36
      The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.
    • Shakespeare
      if the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them
  3. (transitive) To utter with a hissing sound.
    • Tennyson
      the long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise

Translations


German

Verb

hiss

  1. Imperative singular of hissen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of hissen.

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

hiss c

  1. An elevator (AE); a lift (BE).

Declension