One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the escaping gas was now hissing’
fizz, fizzle, whistle, wheeze, buzz, shrill
2‘the audience hissed loudly at the mention of his name’
jeer, catcall, utter catcalls, whistle, shout disapproval
scoff, taunt, hoot, jibe, deride
informal blow raspberries
1‘the hiss of the escaping steam’
fizz, fizzing, whistle, hissing, sibilance, wheeze, wheezing, buzz, buzzing
2‘the speaker received hisses and boos’
jeer, catcall, whistle, shout of derision, raspberry
abuse, scoffing, taunting, derision
British informal the bird
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