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

intransitive verb

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


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: an abortive effort : failure

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
But soon after that awkward conversation around money, things start to fizzle. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2023 The EmDrive may very well turn out to be another in a long line of overhyped experiments that fizzle under further inspection. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2016 By the end of December, the whole thing appeared to fizzle out. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 30 Dec. 2022 Bay Area residents from San Francisco to San Jose are waking up to a gloomy, but balmy Friday morning, with clouds set to slowly fizzle out by tonight as a warming trend takes hold of Northern California. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Dec. 2022 That comment caused the stock market to rise, only for the optimism to fizzle out on Friday as the new and revised wage data indicated the Fed might need to do more to cool the economy. Aamer Madhani, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2022 Expense-account spots were starting to fizzle out anyway, but the pandemic completely obliterated the neighborhood's reliance on office workers. Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2022 If each neuron triggers less than one other, the activity tends to fizzle out, like a damp firework. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2022 And, unlike in 2015, the virus did not fizzle out over the summer. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022
Why did earlier efforts to make a movie of the novel fizzle out? Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2012 False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths, with a big pop and a lingering, smoky fizzle. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Nov. 2022 On the issue of bots, the testimony of the whistleblower, former chief security officer Peiter Zatco, proved a fizzle according to the Bireme partners. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2022 More than 25 years later, Lips has felt much of that early spark of hope fizzle and flame out. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2022 The Reds had a rally fizzle in the first inning, but that was of much less importance after Marlins starter Daniel Castano was hit by a line drive in the head. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 28 July 2022 Amber’s hopes of a big Italian romance fizzle alongside our expectation for a wild Euro thriller. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2022 The big takeaway from the Netflix fizzle is that maybe, just maybe, streaming isn’t all that special a business after all. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 Tanard Davis, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts after playing football at University of Miami, saw his NFL career fizzle and moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in law enforcement. Joshua Goodman,, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History



perhaps alteration of fist to break wind

First Known Use


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fizzle was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Fizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


fizzled; fizzling
: to fail after a good start
often used with out
fizzle noun

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