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

Electric cables fizzle as something unseen is moving in the trees. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Universal Studios Hollywood opens Jurassic World ride. But is it better than the old one?," 12 July 2019 Of course, the fear that everything would fall apart when the calendar turned to the new century 19 years ago fizzled. Lew Sichelman,, "Housing Scene: Odd parcels: Stay or go, LIBOR, barn doors," 5 July 2019 After scoring in the first inning, the Missions fizzled and finished with only three hits. Alex Miller,, "Missions seek to fill offensive voids after top two hitters called up to majors," 4 July 2019 His progeny, Raury, and his acoustic guitar caught buzz for a short period before fizzling out. Brian Josephs,, "Lil Nas X goes through the motions on debut EP 7," 21 June 2019 Some will fizzle out and be replaced by a younger generation of internet stars. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.," 16 July 2019 Most memes - from planking to Tide Pods - fizzle fast. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 In the early 2000s, attempts by a few states, led by Illinois, to allow drug importation fizzled, and any new plan faces stiff regulatory and legal hurdles. Kaiser Health News,, "These 3 states plan to import prescription medications from Canada; will more follow?," 29 June 2019 This year began with promising proposals in New York and New Jersey , but both fizzled late this spring. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational pot," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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to shake or wave menacingly

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