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fizzle

verb fiz·zle \ ˈfi-zəl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fizzle

fizzled; fizzling play \ˈfi-z(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : fizz
2 : to fail or end feebly especially after a promising start often used with out

Examples of fizzle in a Sentence

  1. oozing gobs of grease, a pair of fatty burgers fizzled on the grill

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Origin and Etymology of fizzle

perhaps alteration of fist to break wind

fizzle Synonyms

Synonyms
fizz, hiss, sizzle, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)
Related Words
swoosh, wheeze, whistle, whoosh, zip; bubble, effervesce; buzz, drone, hum

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fizzle

noun

Definition of fizzle

: an abortive effort : failure

Examples of fizzle in a Sentence

  1. the home team's unexpected fizzle in that last game cost them the championship

  2. the play was a fizzle, opening and closing the same night

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First Known Use of fizzle

1846


FIZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

fizzle

verb

Definition of fizzle for English Language Learners

  • : to gradually fail or end


FIZZLE Defined for Kids

fizzle

verb fiz·zle \ ˈfi-zəl \

Definition of fizzle for Students

fizzled; fizzling
: to fail after a good start
  • Our winning streak fizzled out.


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