- 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[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[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. 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.
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//