One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]Irish, Scottish
Make a rustling sound.‘straw fissled in the darkness’with object ‘people who fissle sweet wrappers at the intense moments of a film’
- ‘The lady to my left is fissling her sandwiches open and munching away noisily.’
- ‘The banner fissled and slapped on the roof.’
- ‘The sweet munchers and chatterers were out in force, loudly fissling their way through the evening.’
- ‘He heard a fissling noise beneath him and wondered what it was.’
- ‘I heard the almost inaudible fissling that told of visitors round the fire.’
- ‘There are few things more aggravating on a perfectly quiet hill than the noise of one's own legs, encased in synthetic fibres, fissling like crisp packets.’
Early 18th century: imitative of the sound (compare with fizzle).
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