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

Definition of fizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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



Definition of fizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abortive effort : failure

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fizzle

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

collapse, crash, cropper, defeat, failure, nonachievement, nonsuccess

Antonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, success

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Examples of fizzle in a Sentence


oozing gobs of grease, a pair of fatty burgers fizzled on the grill


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An effort to pass legislation last year fizzled out. Catherine Lucey And Matthew Daly,, "At listening session with Trump, some victims of gun violence push school security," 21 Feb. 2018 While things seemed to be going great for the couple, things started to fizzle out quickly after Noah posted a photo of her hanging out with a male friend. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Lil Xan's Love Life," 9 Apr. 2019 Also remaining to be seen is whether or not EE will be able to provide the kind of 5G network that delivers where AT&T and Verizon’s early demonstrations have seemed to fizzle out. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "OnePlus will have a 5G phone with the Snapdragon 855 on EE next year," 5 Dec. 2018 Efforts by Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act are expected to fizzle without control of both chambers of Congress, which may provide more stability for health-care providers, though legal challenges to the law remain. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Democratic House Threatens Trump’s Business Agenda," 7 Nov. 2018 Now fans have a little more insight into what happened between the two singers that caused their relationship to fizzle, and according to People, Felker is the culprit. Julius Young, Fox News, "Miranda Lambert and Evan Felker's relationship ended because he 'broke her rules': report," 30 Aug. 2018 Voters in Ruby-red Alaska OK’d recreational pot in 2014, while legalization fizzled this year in the state legislature in deeply Democratic Hawaii . Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue," 26 Mar. 2019 The war planners failed to account for the mist and rain of the Pacific Northwest; in the damp forest, the bombs fizzled. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales of Bravery and Brilliance," 8 Nov. 2018 Just as the Astros shrunk the Blue Jays' lead to 5-4, Keuchel's resurgence fizzled out in the sixth. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Bregman delivers another walkoff win for Astros," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a few of those fizzles stung, and the repetition felt like a rollercoaster - fun at first, but nauseating before long. Hannah Orenstein,, "How working as a matchmaker ruined my love life," 30 June 2018 That is because sports leagues typically go one of two ways: A select few of them become financial behemoths, and many more fizzle. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Box Lacrosse Set to Return to Long Island. Will It Stick This Time?," 15 Dec. 2018 Now, again, Hiram could be celebrating his victory by getting high and hallucinating on fizzle rocks, but that just doesn’t seem his style. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale's Winter Finale Finally Solves the Gargoyle King Mystery," 13 Dec. 2018 The immediate threats to Israeli security could of course fizzle. New York Times, "Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy," 13 May 2018 The 8-5 loss was the Cubs’ fifth already this season and punctuated Wrigleyville’s opening day celebration with a fizzle. Dan Wiederer,, "It's too early to worry about the Cubs — so buckle up for the next 18 days," 11 Apr. 2018 No one knows if this will turn into a Hollywood story or fizzle under the crush of the long, draining road required to survive and thrive. Bryce Miller,, "Round 1: Will anger, desire spur a young San Diego boxer to spotlight?," 22 June 2018 The Maryland team pieced together a 15-play drive under the wire to put itself deep in Pennsylvania territory and then withheld the uncharacteristically quiet opposing offense to a fourth-down fizzle. Katherine Fominykh,, "River Hill's Cooper McGeehan hits late field goal to give Maryland rare 9-6 win in Big 33 Classic," 16 June 2018 Men's' long jump showdown fizzles at the NCAA Championships., "Women take over at Hayward, and Ducks look for a better day; Oregon track & Field rundown," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of fizzle


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fizzle


perhaps alteration of fist to break wind

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English Language Learners Definition of fizzle

informal : to gradually fail or end


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

Kids Definition of fizzle

: to fail after a good start Our winning streak fizzled out.

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something valued as if it were money

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