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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From the sound

hiss

verb
     
hiss
1 [intransitive and transitive] to say something in a loud whisper:
'Get out!' she hissed furiously.
hiss at
She hissed at me to be quiet.
2 [intransitive]C to make a noise which sounds like 'ssss':
The cat backed away, hissing.
Snakes only hiss when they are afraid.
3 [intransitive and transitive] if a crowd hisses a speaker, they interrupt them with angry sounds to show that they do not like them:
He was booed and hissed during a stormy meeting.
hiss noun [countable]
She heard a faint hiss as the metal struck the water.
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