Definition of 'hiss'
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In the stillness of this beautiful place, it takes little to imagine the hiss of steam and the clattering of motion once more. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It all takes on a strangely peaceful air as the sun sets and the shadows lengthen, with the only sound the scratchy hiss of crickets. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This is the boo, hiss, dismiss culture. The Sun (2016)It's the snarling turbines, the hiss of steam and clutter of coal trucks and tram tracks that bring out the inner geek in me. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There is a faint hissing sound and a burning smell. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They will also growl and make hissing noises to signal that they are about to defend themselves. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It reportedly hissed like a snake and barked like a dog. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The studio audience is encouraged to boo and hiss at these insults. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The bare platform and hissing steam are no more. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Others on the deck reported hearing a hiss as a surge of gas shot up the drilling pipe. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The first gives a meaningless list of numbers, or a hiss of deafening sound. EXTINCTION: Evolution and the End of Man (2002)Your face would be glowing, and the noises of hissing and steam escaping. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He was booed, hissed and publicly spat at. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You could have steam erratically hissing from its base, like a rocket about to take off. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We lay there in the sudden quiet, listening to a hissing noise. FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)Their father is still feeding them, and they make a curious hissing noise when he arrives. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The noise cancellation also works well, although it adds hiss that can sound intrusive in quieter surroundings. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I could almost hear the radio audience hissing. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I can hear the distant hiss of steam on stone. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The hiss of a snake. A Time of War (1993)While zealots on both sides of the global warming argument hiss and spit, you worry about the stuff you can change. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Through my open window I heard him hiss. THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)They were reasonably close and I heard a hiss which meant one had flown just past me. The Sun (2011)We can't have feral cats hissing at MPs. Times, Sunday Times (2014)So not boo, hiss, pay up as in your good selves making a donation to me. Times, Sunday Times (2016)No quarter is given and there's lots of booing and hissing from the audience who've come to see a circus as much as a dance competition. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Trends of 'hiss'
Used Occasionally. hiss is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'hiss'
British English: hiss VERB
To hiss means to make a sound like a long 's'.
The tyres of his bike hissed over the wet pavement as he slowed down.
Definition of hiss from the Collins English Dictionary
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