alger hiss


  1. Alger,1904–96, U.S. public official, accused of espionage 1948 and imprisoned for perjury 1950–54.


  1. a voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s
  2. such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc, esp by an audience or crowd
  3. electronics receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc


  1. an exclamation of derision or disapproval


  1. (intr) to produce or utter a hiss
  2. (tr) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
  3. (tr) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc) by hissing


  1. Alger. 1904–96, US government official: imprisoned (1950–54) for perjury in connection with alleged espionage activities

late 14c., of imitative origin. Johnson wrote, “it is remarkable, that this word cannot be pronounced without making the noise which it signifies.” Related: Hissed; hissing.


1510s, from hiss (v.).

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