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HISS, v.i.

1. To make a sound by driving the breath between the tongue and the upper teeth; to give a strong aspiration, resembling the noise made by a serpent and some other animals, or that of water thrown on hot iron. Hissing is an expression of contempt.

The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. 27.

2. To express contempt or disapprobation by hissing.

3. To whiz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.

HISS, v.t. To condemn by hissing; to explode. The spectators hissed him off the stage.

1. To procure hisses or disgrace.

--That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.

HISS, n. The sound made by propelling the breath between the tongue and upper teeth; the noise of a serpent, a goose, &c.

He hiss for hiss returned.

1. An expression of contempt or disapprobation, used in places of public exhibition.



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HISS, v.i.

1. To make a sound by driving the breath between the tongue and the upper teeth; to give a strong aspiration, resembling the noise made by a serpent and some other animals, or that of water thrown on hot iron. Hissing is an expression of contempt.

The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. 27.

2. To express contempt or disapprobation by hissing.

3. To whiz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.

HISS, v.t. To condemn by hissing; to explode. The spectators hissed him off the stage.

1. To procure hisses or disgrace.

--That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.

HISS, n. The sound made by propelling the breath between the tongue and upper teeth; the noise of a serpent, a goose, &c.

He hiss for hiss returned.

1. An expression of contempt or disapprobation, used in places of public exhibition.

HISS, n.

  1. The sound made by propelling the breath between the tongue and upper teeth; the noise of a serpent, a goose, &c. He hiss for hiss returned. Milton.
  2. An expression of contempt or disapprobation, used in places of public exhibition.

HISS, v.i. [Sax. hysian, hiscan, hispan, hyspan.]

  1. To make a sound by driving the breath between the tongue and the upper teeth; to give a strong aspiration, resembling the noise made by a serpent and some other animals, or that of water thrown on hot iron. Hissing is an expression of contempt. The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. xxvii.
  2. To express contempt or disapprobation by hissing.
  3. To whiz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.

HISS, v.t.

  1. To condemn by hissing; to explode. The spectators hissed him off the stage.
  2. To procure hisses or disgrace. – That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker. Shak.

Hiss
  1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.

    The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. xxvii. 36.

  2. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.

    If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them. Shak.

    Malcolm. What is the newest grief?
    Ros. That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.
    Shak.

  3. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.

    "Hiss" implies audible friction of breath consonants. H. Sweet.

    A dismal, universal hiss, the sound
    Of public scorn.
    Milton.

  4. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.

    Shod with steel,
    We hissed along the polished ice.
    Wordsworth.

  5. To utter with a hissing sound.

    The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise. Tennyson.

  6. Any sound resembling that above described

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Hiss

HISS, verb intransitive

1. To make a sound by driving the breath between the tongue and the upper teeth; to give a strong aspiration, resembling the noise made by a serpent and some other animals, or that of water thrown on hot iron. Hissing is an expression of contempt.

The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezekiel 27:36.

2. To express contempt or disapprobation by hissing.

3. To whiz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.

HISS, verb transitive To condemn by hissing; to explode. The spectators hissed him off the stage.

1. To procure hisses or disgrace.

--That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.

HISS, noun The sound made by propelling the breath between the tongue and upper teeth; the noise of a serpent, a goose, etc.

He hiss for hiss returned.

1. An expression of contempt or disapprobation, used in places of public exhibition.

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