|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
To express contempt (Job 27:23). The destruction of the temple is thus spoken of (1 Kings 9:8). Zechariah (10:8) speaks of the Lord gathering the house of Judah as it were with a hiss: "I will hiss for them." This expression may be "derived from the noise made to attract bees in hiving, or from the sound naturally made to attract a person's attention."
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (v. i.) To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s, by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
2. (v. i.) To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
3. (v. t.) To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
4. (v. t.) To utter with a hissing sound.
5. (n.) A prolonged sound like that letter s, made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
6. (n.) Any sound resembling that above described
7. (n.) The noise made by a serpent.
8. (n.) The note of a goose when irritated.
9. (n.) The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
his (sharaq): "To hiss" has two applications:
(1) to call,
(2) to express contempt or scorn.
(1) It is the translation of sharaq, a mimetic word meaning to hiss or whistle, to call (bees, etc.), (a) Isaiah 5:26, "I will hiss unto them from the ends of the earth," the Revised Version (British and American) "hiss for them (margin "him") from the end of the earth"; 7:18, "Yahweh will hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria"; namely, Egyptians whose land was noted for flies (18:1) and Assyrians whose country was pre-eminently one of bees. Dangerous enemies are compared to bees in Deuteronomy 1:44 Psalm 118:12 (Skinner's Isaiah): Zechariah 10:8, "I will hiss for them, and gather them" (His own people, who will come at His call).
(2) More often, to hiss is to express contempt or derision (1 Kings 9:8 Job 27:23 Jeremiah 19:8, etc.). In this sense we have also frequently a hissing (2 Chronicles 29:8 Jeremiah 19:8; Jeremiah 25:9, 18; 29:18:00; 51:37 Micah 6:16, shereqah); Jeremiah 18:16, sheriqoth or sheruqoth; Ecclesiasticus 22:1, "Every one will hiss him (the slothful man) out in his disgrace" (eksurisso, "to hiss out"); The Wisdom of Solomon 17:9, "hissing of serpents" (surigmos).
W. L. Walker
Hiss (13 Occurrences)
1 Kings 9:8 Though this house is so high, yet shall everyone who passes by it be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say,'Why has Yahweh done thus to this land, and to this house?' (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Isaiah 7:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Jeremiah 19:8 I will make this city an astonishment, and a hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all its plagues. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Jeremiah 46:22 She makes a sound like the hiss of a snake when they come on with strength; they go against her with axes, like wood-cutters. (BBE NIV)
Jeremiah 49:17 Edom shall become an astonishment: everyone who passes by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all its plagues. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Jeremiah 50:13 Because of the wrath of Yahweh she shall not be inhabited, but she shall be wholly desolate: everyone who goes by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Lamentations 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at you. They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Lamentations 2:16 All your enemies have opened their mouth wide against you; They hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her up; Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Ezekiel 27:36 The merchants among the peoples hiss at you; you are become a terror, and you shall nevermore have any being. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Zephaniah 2:15 This is the joyous city that lived carelessly, that said in her heart, "I am, and there is none besides me." How she has become a desolation, a place for animals to lie down in! Everyone who passes by her will hiss, and shake their fists. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Zechariah 10:8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)