Utter with a hissing sound.
- ‘Imagine a subtle chorus of voices, the ever present sibilating that accompanies any large crowd.’
- ‘Vishal loved the way they sibilated the word.’
- ‘The needle, as it glides across the grooves, sibilates softly and crackles once or twice.’
- ‘He sibilated sharply and slammed Trey's iced coffee on the counter, stumbling back frantically.’
- ‘‘Come here,’ the young man sibilates, but then he sits down next to her.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin sibilat- hissed, whistled from the verb sibilare.
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