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 Either way, the use of the J&J vaccine may fizzle out in this country. Céline Gounder, CNN, "An abundance of caution and good science are the right way to build trust in vaccines," 15 Apr. 2021 Their bosses hope that the controversy will fizzle out. The Economist, "Consumer boycotts warn of trouble ahead for Western firms in China," 30 Mar. 2021 And as vaccinations stir fresh hope that the pandemic’s end is near, ebullient talk of South Florida drawing Wall Streeters en masse is already beginning to fizzle., "Wall Street A-listers fled to Florida. Many are eyeing a return," 12 Mar. 2021 Eventually, the rush of stimulus money will fizzle out. Washington Post, "Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless haunts the economy’s most powerful person," 17 Apr. 2021 The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Batwoman' gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show," 16 Jan. 2021 In their models, Wertheim and his co-authors also found coronavirus outbreaks were much more likely than not to fizzle out, especially in rural communities with fewer connections between people., "WHO report leaves unsettled ‘lab-leak’ theory on origins of covid pandemic," 31 Mar. 2021 The property at 75th Street and Route 34, known as the triangle, has been vacant for years and had several proposals there fizzle. Steve Lord,, "Final plans for assisted living complex backed by Aurora City Council committee," 26 Mar. 2021 Like all white-hot internet phenomena, the excitement around NFTs could easily fizzle out. Erin Griffith, Star Tribune, "From trading cards to cats, collecting goes digital," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hopkins wasn’t even present to accept his statuette, resulting in a fizzle rather than a big finale. Washington Post, "The 2021 Oscars, like the year they celebrated, were destined to be the most anticlimactic ever," 26 Apr. 2021 Labels and producers come and go; drink becomes a problem; relationships pop and fizzle. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Genius: Aretha’ respects Franklin’s music. But there’s nothing like the real thing," 19 Mar. 2021 The salon, once bustling with clients in the 1980s, has seen business fizzle through the years. Globe Staff,, "Boston’s lone vocational school struggles to prepare students for jobs. Can Madison Park salvage its beauty program — and itself?," 27 Feb. 2021 The Supreme Court fight of the century is, so far, a fizzle. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Democrats Haven’t Landed a Punch on Amy Coney Barrett," 6 Oct. 2020 How does something this big fizzle away with no concrete action? Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Erin Brockovich has given up on the federal government saving the environment," 25 Sep. 2020 Oklahoma City doesn't make the playoffs without Paul while the loss of Simmons showed in Philadelphia's playoff fizzle. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Winning ultimately will lead to Devin Booker earning All-NBA honors," 16 Sep. 2020 Fisher has given the Aggies little return on their $75 million investment, following sizzling preseason buzz with plenty of fizzle on the field. Edgar Thompson,, "5 SEC storylines to watch: Can Gators beat Georgia, LSU stay hot and more?," 8 Sep. 2020 But besides rolling to first-half point totals of 85 and 73 points, though, the season restart has been more fizzle than sizzle. Dallas News, "Mavs clinch playoff berth, but another blown lead may have doomed them to 1st-round matchup with Clippers," 3 Aug. 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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2 May 2021

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“Fizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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