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

For these five, bobsled represented the continuation of athletic careers that maxed out, fizzled out or were stymied by injuries. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "2018 Winter Olympics: 'Football players are really bobsledders'," 18 Feb. 2018 Collins possesses too much talent and righteous indignation to allow Frannie’s story to fizzle into a poor-girl-of-the-streets fable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A stunning examination of humanity, race and class," 6 June 2019 Then, our friendship naturally fizzled, as many do. Maggie Parker, Glamour, "My Friend and I Were Sexually Assaulted by the Same Guy—Our Friendship May Have Saved Us," 7 May 2019 Despite heading to Mexico a couple weeks ago with Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson, Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons are reportedly fizzling out. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons Are Reportedly Ending Their Summer Romance," 31 Aug. 2018 Sadly for all the Shailey fans, things fizzled out not long after the gala. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "A Timeline of Hailey Baldwin's Dating History," 11 July 2018 Talks fizzled after the Souza trade, which came just days after the Dyson signing was announced. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Jon Jay already providing lift for Diamondbacks' outfield," 14 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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