fizzle

verb
fiz·zle | \ˈfi-zəl \
fizzled; fizzling\ˈfi-z(ə-)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

fizzle

noun

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

bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, failure, fiasco, flop, frost, lemon, loser, miss, turkey, washout

Antonyms: Noun

blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This violence ultimately fizzled out, Nerone wrote, in the post-Civil War years, as stable governments formed and newspapers dropped their partisan ways in favor of objectivity, particularly as industrialization took hold. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Angry mobs, deadly duels, presses set on fire: A history of attacks on the press," 29 June 2018 Their remarks recalled other murmurings of change that ultimately fizzled. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "Trump Adds Cautious Support to Changes to Background Checks for Gun Buyers," 19 Feb. 2018 The gut-wrenching surge in Treasury yields of 2013 fizzled out; indeed, the yield on ten-year bonds is still a shade lower than at the end of that year. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 With his #SaveToysRUs campaign seemingly fizzling out, Larian then sprang to save Toys R Us via his $890-million bid for 356 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "L.A. toy mogul's $675-million bid for nearly 300 Toys R Us stores is said to be rejected as too low," 18 Apr. 2018 Well, another kids’ favorite is hoping to capitalize on the hype that fizzled Thursday at the first-ever Pay Your Age day at the famed teddy bear store. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Didn’t get to Build-A-Bear? Chuck E. Cheese’s swoops in with its own Pay Your Age day," 13 July 2018 And not for Yacksel Rios, who watched his 98 mph fastball get hammered after he was pushed into action quite early when Nick Pivetta fizzled. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies get blown out by Nationals as Nick Pivetta gets chased," 29 June 2018 Suggs plays well throughout the first half of the season and then fizzles down the stretch. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Rebuilding the offense is fine, but the Ravens need to find pass rushers, too," 25 June 2018 With virtually no chances of note following Inui's equaliser, the first half ended up rather fizzling to its conclusion. SI.com, "Japan 2-2 Senegal: Honours Even in Ekaterinburg to Leave Group H Wide Open," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, chicagotribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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. OregonLive.com, "Women take over at Hayward, and Ducks look for a better day; Oregon track & Field rundown," 7 June 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 An otherworldly cloud flourished from the fizzle, rapidly expanding outward and upward, morphing into different shapes. Fox News, "AP photographer documents lava meeting sea in sizzling show," 22 May 2018 An otherworldly cloud flourished from the fizzle, rapidly expanding outward and upward, morphing into different shapes. Washington Post, "AP photographer documents lava meeting sea in sizzling show," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of fizzle

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fizzle

Verb

perhaps alteration of fist to break wind

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More Definitions for fizzle

fizzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fizzle

: to gradually fail or end

fizzle

verb
fiz·zle | \ˈfi-zəl \
fizzled; fizzling

Kids Definition of fizzle

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

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