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sibilant (adj.)

1660s, from Latin sibilantem (nominative sibilans), present participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle," possibly of imitative origin (compare Greek sizein "to hiss," Lettish sikt "to hiss," Old Church Slavonic svistati "to hiss, whistle"). Related: Sibilance; sibilation (1620s).

sibilant (n.)

"speech sound having a hissing effect," 1772, from sibilant (adj.).

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Definitions of sibilant from WordNet
1
sibilant (n.)
a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh);
Synonyms: sibilant consonant
2
sibilant (adj.)
of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then');
Synonyms: fricative / continuant / spirant / strident
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Dictionary entries near sibilant

sialo-

Siam

Siamese

sib

Siberia

sibilant

sibilate

sibling

sibyl

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