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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sibilate \Sib"i*late\, v. t. & i. To pronounce with a hissing sound, like that of the letter s; to mark with a character indicating such pronunciation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle" (see sibilant (adj.)). Related: Sibilated; sibilating.


vb. 1 To hiss 2 To speak with a hissing sound

  1. v. pronounce with an initial sibilant

  2. utter a sibilant

  3. express or utter with a hiss [syn: hiss, sizz, siss]

  4. make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval [syn: hiss, siss, sizz]

Usage examples of "sibilate".

Ulf spat out the ritual syllables at Conan, his slitted tongue lashing and sibilating against dry, cracked lips.