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Definition of hiss verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hiss
    he / she / it hisses
    past simple hissed
    -ing form hissing
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  1. 1[intransitive] hiss (at somebody/something) to make a sound like a long “s” The steam escaped with a loud hissing noise. The snake lifted its head and hissed.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] hiss (somebody/something) hiss (somebody/something + adv./prep.) to make a sound like a long “s” to show disapproval of someone or something, especially an actor or a speaker He was booed and hissed off the stage.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to say something in a quiet angry voice hiss at somebody He hissed at them to be quiet. + speech “Leave me alone!” she hissed.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hiss

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