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1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; especially, to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval. The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. (Ezek. Xxvii. 36)

2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew. Shod with steel, We hissed along the polished ice. (Wordsworth)

Origin: as. Hysian; prob. Of imitative origin; cf. LG. Hissen, od. Hisschen.

1. A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, especially. As a token of disapprobation or contempt. 'Hiss implies audible friction of breath consonants. (H. Sweet) A dismal, universal hiss, the sound Of public scorn. (Milton)

2. Any sound resembling that above described; as: The noise made by a serpent. But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue. (Milton)

The note of a goose when irritated.

The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.