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hiss

hiss

 
 
pronunciation:
hIs
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: hissed, hisses, hissing
definition 1: to produce a sound by pushing air past teeth held close together, as if prolonging an "s."
The cat hissed when the dog came too close.
definition 2: to indicate disapproval, dislike, or disdain by hissing.
Some members of the audience hissed when the mayor announced the city council's decision.Moviegoers hissed at the villain on the screen.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to communicate (a negative feeling), or express disapproval of, by making a prolonged sound like an "s."
The crowd hissed its anger.The audience hissed the actor's performance.
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part of speech: noun
definition: a prolonged, sibilant sound like a sustained "s."
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derivations: hissingly (adv.), hisser (n.)
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