sibilant definition

  • adjective:
    • Of, characterized by, or creating a hissing appear to be compared to (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird telephone call.
    • described as a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or rise.
    • Making a hissing noise; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing.
    • of message noises created by forcing atmosphere through a constricted passageway (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
  • noun:
    • A sibilant message sound, eg English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).
    • A hissing noise including the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.
    • An alphabetic sound this is certainly uttered with hissing, as s and z, and sh and zh (in azure, etc.), in addition ch (tsh) and j (dzh).
    • a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
  • others:
    • Hissing; making or having a hissing noise: as, s and z tend to be sibilant letters.

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