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English definition of “hiss”


verb     /hɪs/
[I] to make a noise like a long 's': Why do snakes hiss? The iron was hissing and spluttering. People in the audience were hissing their disapproval.Animal (non-human) soundsSounds made by humans with their mouthsSounds made by objects, movement or impact [T] to say something in a quiet angry way: "Shut up, Tom!" she hissed.Talking angrily
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