Etymology
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hissing (n.)

"a hiss," late 14c., hissyng, verbal noun from hiss (v.). Originally also "a whistling;" in both senses expressing opprobrium.

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Definitions of hissing

hissing (n.)
a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval);
the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience
Synonyms: hiss / hushing / fizzle / sibilation
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