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Definition of hiss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hiss

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hiss
    BrE BrE//hɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪs//
     
    he / she / it hisses
    BrE BrE//ˈhɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪsɪz//
     
    past simple hissed
    BrE BrE//hɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪst//
     
    past participle hissed
    BrE BrE//hɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪst//
     
    -ing form hissing
    BrE BrE//ˈhɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪsɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): imitative.Extra examples ‘Don’t be stupid!’ she hissed furiously. ‘Go away!’ he hissed through clenched teeth. She hissed at me to be quiet. The gas lamp hissed gently.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hiss

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