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sizzle

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verb siz·zle \ˈsi-zəl\

Simple Definition of sizzle

  • : to make a hissing sound like the sound water makes when it hits hot metal

  • : to be very exciting, romantic, etc.

Full Definition of sizzle

siz·zledsiz·zling play \ˈsi-zə-liŋ, ˈsiz-liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to burn up or sear with or as if with a hissing sound

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make a hissing sound in or as if in burning or frying

  5. 2 :  to seethe with deep anger or resentment

Examples of sizzle

  1. bacon sizzling in the pan

  2. Their romance sizzled throughout the whole summer.

  3. The book sizzles with excitement.



Origin of sizzle

perhaps frequentative of siss to hiss


First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with sizzle


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sizzle

noun siz·zle

Definition of sizzle

  1. 1 :  a hissing sound (as of something frying over a fire)

  2. 2 :  pizzazz, excitement



Examples of sizzle

  1. <there was a brief sizzle as the moth flew into the flame>



Circa 1823

First Known Use of sizzle

circa 1823



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