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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HISS

Gor, I—I liked the fun, and so I thumpt away, and hiss'd as lustily as the best of 'em.

Soften the burning flame so that it is just barely beginning to hiss.

The frozen fountains now plash, and hiss, and sparkle in the sun.

To hiss the curate, 'tis a ticklish sort of a job after that.

The last words were spoken in a whisper, emphasized into almost a hiss.

Then there was a hiss and a crackle, and in the receiver of the desk a book appeared.

Here he was interrupted by a hiss, which the Captain immediately suppressed.

It's a dreadfully intimate affair with me, and if I didn't like it I should hiss, anyway.

As for 'aratro,' coming as it does after the hiss of 'succisus,' it is altogether abominable.

No one was tempted to hiss the piece, and everybody had his money's worth.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., of imitative origin. Johnson wrote, "it is remarkable, that this word cannot be pronounced without making the noise which it signifies." Related: Hissed; hissing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HISS

Bronx cheer

nounrude disapproving noise
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.