• We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
    We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hiss show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
    • v hiss make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
    • v hiss express or utter with a hiss
    • v hiss move with a whooshing sound
    • n hiss a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
    • n hiss a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval) "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
    • Hiss 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. "“ Hiss ” implies audible friction of breath consonants.""A dismal, universal hiss , the sound
      Of public scorn."
    • Hiss Any sound resembling that above described
    • Hiss The noise made by a serpent.
    • Hiss The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
    • Hiss The note of a goose when irritated.
    • Hiss To condemn or express contempt for by hissing. "If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them.""Malcolm. What is the newest grief?Ros. That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker."
    • Hiss 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."
    • Hiss 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."
    • Hiss To utter with a hissing sound. "The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You can tell the sex of a turtle by the sound it makes, A male grunts, A female hisses.
    • hiss To make or emit a sound like a prolonged enunciation of s, as a serpent or a goose; utter or send forth a long-drawn sibilation; hence, to emit any similar sound, as water thrown on hot metal, or as steam rushing through a small orifice; specifically (of persons), to express disapprobation or contempt by uttering such a sound.
    • hiss To whizz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.
    • hiss To condemn or express disapproval of by hissing.
    • n hiss A continued sound like that of s; a prolonged sibilation produced by the organs of utterance, or any similar sound: as, a serpent's hiss. It is a common expression of disapprobation or contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gopher snakes in Arizona are not poisonous, but when frightened they may hiss and shake their tails like rattlesnakes.
    • v.i Hiss his to make a sibilant sound like that of the letter s, as the goose, serpent, &c.: to express contempt, &c., by hissing
    • v.t Hiss to condemn by hissing
    • n Hiss the sound of the letter s, an expression of disapprobation, contempt, &c
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  • Victor Hugo
    “I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.”
  • Rev. W. A. Spooner
    Rev. W. A. Spooner
    “Sir, you have tasted two whole worms; you have hissed all my mystery lectures and been caught fighting a liar in the quad; you will leave by the next town drain.”
  • Aesop
    “Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.”
  • J. B. Colbert
    J. B. Colbert
    “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hysian,; prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hissen, OD. hisschen,


In literature:

It came forth hissing, its nine heads raised and swaying like the branches of a tree in a storm.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
Within it I heard the hiss and clank as a mail cylinder flashed past.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
As Jeffreys entered, one or two small boys near the door hissed him and ran away.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
All his first attempts were nearly drowned by the hisses, jeers, and scoffs of his audiences.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The huge seas followed close astern, roaring and hissing after us.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
The water bubbled and hissed round us, and the wind threw it in sheets of spray over our heads.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
I fancied that I could hear the roaring and hissing of the flames, they were already so near, when a shout reached our ears.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
As we were watching her, her stern-ports opened, and a couple of shots came hissing by us.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
What cared Wendell Phillips for rotten eggs, derisive scorn, and hisses?
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Suddenly the wife of Talaloo heard a faint hiss behind her.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Blue summer smoked on Bindo,
It lapped me warm in its waves,
And when that snake hissed up
Under the shower of leaves
"The Brown Snake" by Douglas Alexander Stewart
Vainly hiss a thousand arrows,
Launched at random through the foam;
Every stroke the distance narrows
Twixt him and his desert home.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The tumbling lantern reach'd the stream,
Its hissing light soon gone;
'Twas night, without a single gleam,
And terror reign'd alone.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Twelve strokes pound out and roll;
The huge walls writhe and shake
O'er hissing things with taloned wings--
Christ Jesus, let me wake!
"Death In Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop - only the name
"Adlestrop" by Edward Thomas
Then down the rugged precipice,
Through the whirling pools of Error's bliss,
Where the troubled waters seethe and hiss
A flood of tears.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

This is the way the bubble ends: not with a pop, but with a hiss .
Sometimes you hiss at previews of overhyped Hollywood juggernauts.
At other times you hiss at something you find morally objectionable on screen.
Oct 24, 2011 - 95.9 KISS FM was at Happily Ever After Pet Santuary's Hiss & Howl Hullabaloo .
We tend to snicker at opulence and hiss at blatant displays of power, but we'll back any offbeat project driven by idealism .
Before I'm hissed in the streets, I ought to clarify that I believe theater should be completely and democratically open—but popularity isn't everything.
Ah, the sounds of the Irish countryside: the patter of rain, the lowing of cattle, the gentle hiss of scalding human flesh.
A hiss pierces the air as music fans wait in line outside the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.
She hissed like a cat.
Purling Hiss with Dr Dog.
Steam, or super heated vapor that hisses off the hot sauna rocks.
The sound of rattle, rattle, hiss, rattle, rattle, hiss is a common tune at Belen stencil artist Kevin Harding's garage studio.
Hissing sound may be from Kiffin's tenuous job security.
And tribbles hiss when they encounter.
Ever since Hannibal Lecter hissed at FBI agent-trainee Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs," Hollywood has been trying to recreate that magic.

In science:

The best results in this direction were obtained by Gruber and Hiss who, for linear primes, worked with a Morita equivalent version of the cyclotomic Schur algebras when r = 2 (type B ), to give weaker results for other finite reductive groups Gn (q).
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
See the survey article of Dipper, Geck, Hiss and Malle for the current status of this theory.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Hiss, Decomposition numbers of finite classical groups for linear primes, J.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Hiss, Gerhard and L ¨ubeck, Frank: Some observations on products of characters of finite class ical groups.
Quiver varieties and the character ring of general linear groups over finite fields
Next, we refer to the paper of Jansen (), giving the minimal degree of the faithful irreducible representations Φ of G, as well as to the work of Hiss and Malle () on the low-dimensional representations of quasi-simple groups.
On generators and representations of the sporadic simple groups