hiss - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlehissing
past tensehissed
past participlehissed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a low angry voice

    Stop that at once!’ she hissed.

  2. 2

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    to make a long ‘s’ sound like the sound that a snake makes

    The tyres hissed on the wet road.

    hiss at:

    When I tried to pick the cat up it started hissing at me.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if people in an audience hiss, they make a long ‘s’ sound to show that they do not like a speaker or performer

    The audience began to hiss and boo.