\ 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

And so when a Mexico attack fizzed, the U.S. would collect the ball and try to keep it. Brian Straus,, "Learning Curve Evident for USMNT in Another Loss to Mexico," 6 Sep. 2019 That’s actually the half strength of these fizzing tablets. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat," 17 July 2019 Apart from a decent effort by Tom Davies which fizzed narrowly wide in the fourth minute, and a Cenk Tosun header which sailed over the bar nine minutes later, the home side offered no goal threat of note in the opening exchanges., "Everton 1-1 Southampton: Saints Cruelly Denied Crucial Win By Lacklustre Toffees," 5 May 2018 The bath visual fits all the sonic details that seem to bubble and fizz, and many passages of the songs impart the sensation of dunking and resurfacing. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Hot Chip Hones the Meaning of ‘Ecstasy’," 25 June 2019 The world-beater emerged out of nowhere to fizz an effort into the back of the net., "Lionel Messi: His 32 Greatest Moments on His 32nd Birthday," 24 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rhubarb flavors the rum fizz from the cocktail menu styled like a botanical field guide, and at dinner, is baked with spent grains into a cake topped with angelica ice cream. Fortune, "Restaurant Review: Iceland’s Slippurinn Is an Ephemeral Culinary Destination," 11 Aug. 2019 For us, bubbles put the fizz in champagne and the calm in bathtime. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How these spiders use bubbles to live underwater," 16 May 2019 An exhibition of those objects alone, with a couple of others, with deeper interpretation, might have had more fizz and also left people with more to think about. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 The push into non-alcoholic beers comes as the traditional beer market fizzes and global growth stalls. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Why Heineken and Budweiser Are Killing it With Zero-Alcohol Beer," 30 July 2019 But over the past five years the resources sector has lost its fizz, and wage growth has ebbed to about 2% a year, lower than in America. The Economist, "Australia has the world’s highest minimum wage," 20 July 2019 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

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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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