\ ˈfiz How to pronounce fizz (audio) \
fizzed; fizzing; fizzes

Definition of fizz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a hissing or sputtering sound : effervesce
2 : to show excitement or exhilaration



Definition of fizz (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a hissing sound
2 : an effervescent beverage

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fizzy \ ˈfi-​zē How to pronounce fizzy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for fizz

Synonyms: Verb

fizzle, hiss, sizzle, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)

Synonyms: Noun

hiss, sizzle, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)

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Examples of fizz in a Sentence


soda pop fizzing in the glass


the characteristic fizz of champagne All the fizz was gone from their relationship.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Silvia Meseguer then went close with her effort fizzing inches wide as Spain piled on the pressure. James Masters, CNN, "France beats Norway at Women's World Cup after VAR controversy," 12 June 2019 The rains were born far away, deep in the tropical Pacific, where water evaporated from the warm ocean surface and fizzed into the atmosphere. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "‘Rivers in the sky’ are why California is flooding," 1 Mar. 2019 Creative ideas have a wonderful way of traveling, twisting, fizzing, disappearing from view and then popping up again in unexpected forms. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: High School as High Art," 17 May 2019 First half substitute James Rodríguez linked up with Franck Ribéry and the Frenchman fizzed a low cross towards Robert Lewandowski., "Sevilla 1-2 Bayern Munich: Lucky Bavarians Claim UCL Advantage Against in Andalusia," 3 Apr. 2018 Roman Bürki was finally called into action to keep out Bremen's captain Zlatko Junuzović, while Max Kruse's shot seconds later fizzed past the Swiss goalkeeper's far post., "Bremen 1-1 Dortmund: BVB Denied Hard-Fought Win But Edge Closer to UCL Qualification," 29 Apr. 2018 As gross as the man who preys on Morrigan is, Moran’s voice always sparkles and fizzes. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Pickford made his first save from a fizzing long-range effort from Juan Fernado Quintero, while Jesse Lingard sliced over after Colombia half-cleared a cross. Chicago Tribune,, "England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout," 3 July 2018 Wait until the baking soda stops fizzing, then turn on the hot-water faucet to flush out the drainpipe. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Drain," 26 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Until the economic outlook outside the U.S. brightens, the sector won’t regain its fizz. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Leave Different Aftertastes," 15 Feb. 2019 Americans are drinking France's most famous fizz more and more: In 2017, stateside shipments of Champagne reached their highest levels ever, at 23 million bottles (a five percent increase from the previous year). Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beginner's Guide to Visiting Champagne," 7 Sep. 2018 That manufactured sensation triggered, as always, an echoing fizz in her gut, the combination of nerves and anticipation that came with every new case. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 But the beer takes the drink to another level, imparting a subtle bitterness and pleasant fizz. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 Another sparkling red is Brachetto, which has similar fruity notes of black raspberry and cherry, and adds the perfect fizz to after-dinner treats, like chocolate strawberries. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 Beer is made bubbly by pumping in carbon-dioxide gas, not through natural fermentation, which adds flavor and fizz. Barry Estabrook, WSJ, "‘The Missing Ingredient’ Review: Parsley, Sage and Time," 28 Sep. 2018 And like any soda fountain worth its fizz, Spinning J makes all of its syrups in-house. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Brunch in Chicago," 3 Mar. 2018 Outstanding individual work from a marauding Sane eventually saw the winger create himself enough space to fizz in another testing cross., "Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle: Aguero Hat-Trick Downs Thoroughly Outclassed Magpies," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fizz


1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fizz


probably of imitative origin

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English Language Learners Definition of fizz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a sound like many small bubbles popping



English Language Learners Definition of fizz (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sound like many small bubbles popping
: energy and liveliness
: a drink with many small bubbles


\ ˈfiz How to pronounce fizz (audio) \
fizzed; fizzing

Kids Definition of fizz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a hissing or bubbling sound



Kids Definition of fizz (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a hissing or bubbling sound
2 : a bubbling drink

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