One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Utter with a hissing sound.‘two gentlemen turned round to me and sibilated the word “Poet”’with direct speech ‘“Do you think it's worthwhile,” sibilated Miss Miranda’
hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisperView synonyms
- ‘‘Come here,’ the young man sibilates, but then he sits down next to her.’
- ‘He sibilated sharply and slammed Trey's iced coffee on the counter, stumbling back frantically.’
- ‘The needle, as it glides across the grooves, sibilates softly and crackles once or twice.’
- ‘Vishal loved the way they sibilated the word.’
- ‘Imagine a subtle chorus of voices, the ever present sibilating that accompanies any large crowd.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin sibilat- ‘hissed, whistled’, from the verb sibilare.
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