from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.
- n. A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or surge.
- n. A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hissing; making or having a hissing sound: as, s and z are sibilant letters.
- n. An alphabetic sound that is uttered with hissing, as s and z, and sh and zh (in azure, etc.), also ch (tsh) and j (dzh).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
- n. a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
He spoke in sibilant English mocking my clumsy Arabic.
P; and air from the mouth be forced between them; the W sibilant is produced, as pronounced by the Germans, and by some of the inferiour people of London, and ought to have an appropriated character as thus [*].
If the point of the tongue be placed between the teeth, and air from the mouth be forced between them, the Th sibilant is produced, as in thigh, and should have a proper character, as [*].
Although an striking feature of Castilian Spanish and other variants of Spanish, respectively....have perserved the "sibilant" -s
S: The nineteenth letter of the alphabet, which is called a sibilant, because it makes a hissing sound like a goose.
A slight aspirate preceding and modifying the sibilant, which is, however, the stronger of the two consonants; _e.g. hsing_ = _hissing_ without the first _i_,
They are low and insinuating, a kind of sibilant utterance:
The Hebrew text suggests that the difference consisted in the different articulation of the "sibilant": although the conquered heard sh, they could produce only s.
There will be new abuse, lithe, literary violence, men feeling compelled to punch her soul, to bruise it with sibilant syllables, "so sentimental."
With that, Nick Tosches, in his world weary, permanently pissed-off, slightly sibilant urban drawl, riffed through about 6 or 7 short poems, tearing each page in half and throwing them to the floor as he finished reading.