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Word of the Day – Sibilant

By January 8, 2022Word of the Day

Sibilant (adj)

sib-il-ant

Making or characterized by a hissing sound.

Mid 17th century from Latin sibilant- ‘hissing’, from the verb sibilare.

Example sentences

“She hissed in a sibilant whisper.”

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