hissing

[his-ing]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see hiss, -ing1

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hiss

[his]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make or emit a sharp sound like that of the letter s prolonged, as a snake does, or as steam does when forced under pressure through a small opening.
2.
to express disapproval or contempt by making this sound: The audience hissed when the actor forgot his lines.
verb (used with object)
3.
to express disapproval of by hissing: The audience hissed the controversial play.
4.
to silence or drive away by hissing (usually followed by away, down, etc.): They hissed down the author when he tried to speak.
5.
to utter with a hiss.
noun
6.
a hissing sound, especially one made in disapproval.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English hissen; probably imitative; compare Old English hyscan to jeer at, rail (derivative of husc jeering; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German hosc)

hisser, noun
hissingly, adverb
outhiss, verb (used with object)
unhissed, adjective


2, 4. boo, razz, heckle.
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hiss (hɪs)
 
n
1.  a voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s
2.  such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc, esp by an audience or crowd
3.  electronics receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc
 
interj
4.  an exclamation of derision or disapproval
 
vb
5.  (intr) to produce or utter a hiss
6.  (tr) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
7.  (tr) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing
 
[C14: of imitative origin]
 
'hisser
 
n

Hiss (hɪs)
 
n
Alger. 1904--96, US government official: imprisoned (1950--54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities

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hissing
1382, hissyng, of imitative origin, but originally also "whistling." In both senses expressing opprobrium. Of hiss, Johnson wrote, "it is remarkable, that this word cannot be pronounced without making the noise which it signifies."
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Hiss definition


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."

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Example sentences
As the dragon charged it released huge clouds of hissing steam through its
  nostrils.
Exhale through the mouth with the lips pursed, making a hissing sound.
If you smell gas or hear hissing, open a window, leave quickly and call the gas
  company from a safe place.
Burning leaves and wood give off crackling and hissing sounds.
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