Hiss

Hiss

, n. 1. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
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"Hiss" implies audible friction of breath consonants.
H. Sweet.
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A dismal, universal hiss, the sound
Of public scorn.
Milton.
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2. Any sound resembling that above described; as: (a) The noise made by a serpent.
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But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue.
Milton.

(b) The note of a goose when irritated. (c) The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
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