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


"Kape quiet, ye divil," hissed O'Donnell, grasping her by the arm.

The ghost frowned and hissed, for it feared to lose its prey.

The water foamed and hissed, and seemed about to pour over the wall.

Some said one thing, some another, and some only groaned and hissed.

It was she whom they had hissed like that; it was on herself that they had spat.

"Another—he iss stubborn," hissed the voice of the man called Istafiev.

He hissed, he stamped and shook back his locks in true Lisztian style.

Destroy him, senor doctor,' Ramirez hissed right into my face.

"I have no longer any conscience," she hissed, as she sped swiftly back to her room.

"I am very busy—I——" He hissed at his work more strenuously than ever.


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.