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?
Razumov made an instinctive movement to help, which startled her so much that she nearly dropped her hissing burden.
Mrs. Merton had undertaken the duties that appertain to the "hissing urn."
No sound except the hissing, sneering, chattering whisper of the deluge.
Her hissing and sucking might have been a living gasp for breath.
By applying the ear over it a peculiar purring or hissing sound may sometimes be heard.
Then he flew up from the book with a hissing sound, like a radiant streak.
hissing like a snake, Durade stood still, momentarily held back by a fear that quickly gave place to insane rage.
In a moment the door was closed behind him, air was hissing into the lock again.
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."