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 for hissing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hiss \Hiss\ (h[i^]s). v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hissed (h[i^]st); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Hissing.] [AS. hysian; prob. of imitative
     origin; cf. LG. hissen, OD. hisschen.]
     1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the
        letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the
        teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a
        goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound
        as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
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              The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.
                                                    --Ezek. xxvii.
                                                    36.
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     2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a
        sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
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              Shod with steel,
              We hissed along the polished ice.     --Wordsworth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hissing \Hiss"ing\, n.
     1. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses.
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     2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and
        derision. [Archaic]
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              I will make this city desolate, and a hissing.
                                                    --Jer. xix. 8.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hissing
      n 1: a fricative sound (especially as an expression of
           disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the
           hissing of the audience" [syn: hiss, hissing,
           hushing, fizzle, sibilation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "hissing":
     Bronx cheer, assibilation, banter, bantering, birdies, blooping,
     blurping, boo, booing, buzz, catcall, catcalling, chaffing,
     derision, derisive, derisory, distortion, effervescence,
     effervescent, effervescing, feedback, fizz, fizzle, fizzling,
     fleering, flippancy, flippant, flutter, fluttering, fooling,
     frication, frictional rustling, grinning, hiss, hoot, hooting,
     howling, hum, hush, hushing, jeering, joshing, kidding, leering,
     levity, lisp, mockery, mocking, motorboating, panning, quizzical,
     ragging, railing, raillery, rallying, raspberry, razz, razzing,
     rhonchus, ridicule, ridiculing, roasting, rumble, scoffing,
     scratching, shredding, shush, shushing, sibilance, sibilant,
     sibilation, siffle, sigmatism, siss, sissing, sizz, sizzle,
     sizzling, smart, smart-aleckiness, smart-alecky, smart-ass,
     smartness, smirking, sneering, sneeze, sneezing, snickering, sniff,
     sniffing, sniffle, sniffling, sniggering, snore, snoring, snort,
     snorting, snuff, snuffle, snuffling, spit, splutter, sputter,
     squash, squeals, squelch, squish, static, sternutation, stertor,
     swish, taunting, teasing, the bird, twitting, wheeze, wheezing,
     wheezy, whish, whistle, whistles, whistling, white noise, whiz,
     whoosh, woomping, wow, wowwows, zip
  
  

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