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

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 But the talks fizzled after a group of five San Antonio-area residents, including former council candidate Patrick Von Dohlen, sued the city and Paradies in Bexar County court. Joshua Fechter,, "‘Chick-fil-A Alamodome’: New documents shed light on S.A. City Council’s controversial vote — and a never-before-seen proposal," 25 Oct. 2019 But Giuliani's campaign fizzled -- not least because his onstage repertoire heavily relied on old yarns about the world's worst terror attack. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Trump's test for Democrats -- Meanwhile in America," 9 Oct. 2019 Tropical Storm Erin fizzled out before September started, but then the month saw Tropical Storms Fernand, Gabrielle and Imelda along with Hurricanes Humberto, Jerry, Karen and Lorenzo. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane-heavy September sets record for tropical activity," 30 Sep. 2019 But the program fizzled out after Dr. DeVries had implanted only a few artificial hearts. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "David Jones, Health Care Entrepreneur Behind Humana, Is Dead at 88," 20 Sep. 2019 But time and again, against Mexico’s energetic press, American possession fizzled. Brian Straus,, "Learning Curve Evident for USMNT in Another Loss to Mexico," 6 Sep. 2019 The film fizzled despite a glimmering cast, but in the swinging London of 1969, a Beatle’s star power outshone all the rest. Saleah Blancaflor,, "The Beatles' Breakup: Inside Their 1969 Split — and How They Kept It a Secret for Months," 28 Aug. 2019 But the drive eventually fizzled when a fourth-down pass ricocheted off a sliding receiver near the goal line with 26 seconds left. Barry Faulkner, Daily Pilot, "Fountain Valley football loses at Elsinore in Chris Anderson’s head-coaching debut," 23 Aug. 2019 But the film fizzled upon its release later that year, earning just $2 million with no international rollout. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ads Pulled for Gory Universal Thriller 'The Hunt' in Wake of Mass Shootings (Exclusive)," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now that stock options are falling out of favour as one tech initial public offering after another fizzles, for smaller startups the richness relies more on the emotional appeal of founders’ missions. The Economist, "How Silicon Valley woos Stanford students," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

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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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