They make all kinds of calls and noises as we pass: slurps, hissing, barking, and even machine-gun sounds.
CLAIRE: (hissing) Have you ever considered, even for a second, that what I do matters too?
late 14c., hissyng, of imitative origin (see hiss (v.)), but originally also "whistling." In both senses expressing opprobrium.
to express contempt (Job 27:23). The destruction of the temple is thus spoken of (1 Kings 9:8). Zechariah (10:8) speaks of the Lord gathering the house of Judah as it were with a hiss: "I will hiss for them." This expression may be "derived from the noise made to attract bees in hiving, or from the sound naturally made to attract a person's attention."