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


From below came an explosion of thick gutturals and hissings.

We sailed away at eleven, and I was roused from my first sleep by the snortings and hissings of the vessel as she got under way.

The air was full of hissings,—the sharp cutting sounds of the leaden rain.

He squats in the middle of the street, arching his back like a cat in a strong emotion, uttering lively miaowings and hissings.

The bellowings and hissings sounded louder, so loud that the earth shook as if actuated by a mighty earthquake.

These "sibilants" must never be enunciated rapidly, or their ill effects will soon be found in a series of hissings.

Cracklings and hissings came out of the speaker as before, and the thin and reedy wabbling whine continued.

In a short time the kitchen was full of bubbling and hissings and appetizing odours.

At first I heard only the deep note of the water and the hissings rising from its turbulent surface.

The day thereafter called they up my master (Latimer); who, on his entering, escaped no hissings nor scornful laughter.