Definition of

Sibilant

  1. (noun, communication) a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
  2. (adj, all) of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

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Alternate forms of Sibilant

Derivations: assibilate, sibilant, sibilate

Hypernyms: fricative, fricative consonant, spirant

Origin of the word Sibilant

  1. 1669, from L. sibilantem (nom. sibilans), prp. of sibilare "to hiss, whistle," possibly of imitative origin (cf. Gk. sizein "to hiss," Lett. sikt "to hiss," O.C.S. svistati "to hiss, whistle"). The noun meaning "speech sound having a hissing effect" is from 1788. more

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Words that sound like Sibilant

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