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

Her energy fizzled in the second debate, when she was thrown on the defensive by attacks on her record as California’s attorney general and seemed ill at ease answering questions about her healthcare plan. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "5 things to watch for in the Democratic debate on Thursday," 12 Sep. 2019 However, the threat fizzled when Caleb McDougle came up with a leaping interception in the back of the end zone. Reports, al, "Muscle Shoals rolls past Bob Jones," 30 Aug. 2019 But on its way out, the cosmic ray collides with gas in the solar atmosphere and fizzles in a flurry of gamma radiation. Quanta Magazine, "The Sun Is Stranger Than Astrophysicists Imagined," 27 Aug. 2019 Like most of Ian's previous relationships with his co-stars, this one also fizzled out. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ian Somerhalder's Love Life," 1 July 2019 Showers and thunderstorms will fizzle the dust out of the sky by the end of the week. Jordan Evans, CNN, "The Southeast US is seeing some colorful sunsets -- thanks to dust from Africa," 26 June 2019 That version fizzled after receiving blowback from all sides. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar can't get congressional colleagues to back their bipartisan immigration plan," 20 June 2019 Lacking shutdown pitching, the Padres’ comeback efforts fizzled in a 5-2 loss Wednesday at Petco Park. Dennis Lin,, "Ervin Santana pitches complete game, beats Padres," 2 Aug. 2017 The government shows no signs of conceding and appears to expect that the movement will fizzle out with the resumption of classes next month. Washington Post, "A trip across the harbor," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Coaches manipulate elements such as the scoring system, down and distance, situations and hitting the reset button altogether when a drive fizzles. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football offense, Brian Lewerke feel their mojo is back: Here's why," 12 Aug. 2019 Consumers spending, long the backbone of the U.S. economy, is critical now as business investment fizzles because of the costly tariffs and the fading impact of the 2017 corporate tax cut. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s new China tariffs take aim at heart of the U.S. economy: Consumers," 3 Aug. 2019 The hiring fizzle comes as Trump has faced off in trade negotiations with some of the country’s largest trading partners. Washington Post, "U.S. hiring slows sharply as Trump’s trade war starts to bite," 8 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of fizzle was in 1840

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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