1. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses.
2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision. [Archaic]
I will make this city desolate, and a hissing. --Jer. xix. 8.
Hiss v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hissed p. pr. & vb. n. Hissing.]
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; esp., 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.
adj : noisy sound like a sustained `s'; "`hissing' is the sound a
n : a fricative sound (especially as an expression of
disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the
hissing of the audience" [syn: hiss, sibilation]