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fiz·​zle ˈfi-zəl How to pronounce fizzle (audio)
fizzled; fizzling ˈfi-zə-liŋ How to pronounce fizzle (audio)

intransitive verb

: fizz
: to fail or end feebly especially after a promising start
often used with out


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: an abortive effort : failure

Examples of fizzle in a Sentence

Verb oozing gobs of grease, a pair of fatty burgers fizzled on the grill Noun the home team's unexpected fizzle in that last game cost them the championship the play was a fizzle, opening and closing the same night
Recent Examples on the Web
Attempts to redevelop that property, either by itself or combined with other Civic Plaza-area buildings, have fizzled so far. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2024 But the engagement soon fizzled, with Vanity Fair reporting that Murdoch realized that Smith’s ultra-conservative politics and evangelical religious views might have been too extreme even for him. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024
Even as this parade fizzles, astronomers say the planets will come together in other exciting alignments in the near future. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2024 But if that plan fizzles and their best basketball option is permanent WCC membership, the conference will be far more attractive with Grand Canyon involved. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for fizzle 

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Word History



perhaps alteration of fist to break wind

First Known Use


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fizzle was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Fizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


fizzled; fizzling
: to fail after a good start
often used with out
fizzle noun

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