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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 These earlier or allied movements often seemed to catch fire, flame briefly, then fizzle. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 18 Sep. 2021 As voting rights bills fizzle in Congress, Vice President Kamala Harris looks to fire up voters for 2022, Noah Bierman reported. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Asian shares gained Tuesday, boosted by a near-record rise on Wall Street, though the momentum began to fizzle out over worries about the economic fallout from surging coronavirus infections in the region. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 24 Aug. 2021 There is no sadder genre than the tedious thriller, a movie that works hard to entice us with suspense, rough and tumble action, maybe even alluring locales, only to fizzle out far from the finish line. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 13 Aug. 2021 Scoring runs that are usually energized by crowd noise seemed to fizzle out. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 In addition, new romances continue to blossom as others fizzle. Mike Rose, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 The February 2020 Boston Biogen conference set off a global tidal wave of COVID infections, while the outbreak at the Provincetown parties appeared to fizzle with only a handful getting sick enough to be hospitalized., 17 Aug. 2021 But herd immunity—the point where enough people are immune that outbreaks automatically fizzle out—likely cannot be reached through vaccination alone. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For President Biden, the congressional negotiations this week will essentially decide whether key pillars of his domestic policy agenda become law or fizzle in Congress. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 29 Sep. 2021 The day started well, went terribly in the middle and ended with a fizzle, the 22-year-old left-hander riding the full range of emotions during his first outing on a big-league mound. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021 The lounge offers 15 signature cocktails, many of which fizzle, smoke and flame. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 The Clippers, who enter the postseason Saturday, are the product of eight months of changes stemming from last season’s playoff fizzle. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Hopkins wasn’t even present to accept his statuette, resulting in a fizzle rather than a big finale. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Labels and producers come and go; drink becomes a problem; relationships pop and fizzle. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 The salon, once bustling with clients in the 1980s, has seen business fizzle through the years. Globe Staff,, 27 Feb. 2021 The Supreme Court fight of the century is, so far, a fizzle. Rich Lowry, National Review, 6 Oct. 2020

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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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5 Oct 2021

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“Fizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fizzle

: 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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