siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl How to pronounce sizzle (audio) \
sizzled; sizzling\ ˈsi-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce sizzle (audio) , ˈsiz-​liŋ \

Definition of sizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn up or sear with or as if with a hissing sound

intransitive verb

1 : to make a hissing sound in or as if in burning or frying
2 : to seethe with deep anger or resentment



Definition of sizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a hissing sound (as of something frying over a fire)

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Synonyms for sizzle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sizzle in a Sentence

Verb bacon sizzling in the pan Their romance sizzled throughout the whole summer. The book sizzles with excitement. Noun there was a brief sizzle as the moth flew into the flame
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The season of hot, high summer gasoline prices continues to sizzle in Florida with the average rising to over $3 at the pump, according to the AAA Auto Club Group data. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 12 July 2021 The colors tend to be vibrant pinks and purples, as well as blues that just sizzle. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 The inland areas of the South, East and North Bay will sizzle, with triple digits expected in Gilroy, Livermore, San Rafael and Santa Rosa. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 South Florida is expected to sizzle with near-record heat as well as the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms Thursday along the Interstate 95 corridor in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, forecasters say. Chris Perkins,, 5 May 2021 The synchronistic group numbers sizzle, and the individual performances display an impressive mix of lyricism and athleticism. Matthew J. Palm,, 16 May 2021 Many white 2020 Bordeaux wines sizzle with brilliant acidity—showcasing honey and rich tropical fruits. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Turn the breasts over and allow to gently sizzle for 1 minute. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, heat oil and garlic in a large skillet on medium until beginning to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Make sure the cooking surface is hot enough to produce a satisfying sizzle as the steak hits it. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 There are $1 raffle tickets and the sizzle of sweet sausage., 5 July 2021 But overdraft fees are generating sizzle this summer as the political pressure heats up. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2021 With Vermont Ave, though, the use of binaural audio is less the sizzle, more the steak. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 22 June 2021 In a single day in Washington, some spots had both afternoon sizzle and evening pizazz; fierce heat providing one, electrical storms the other. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 Voters carefully considered the question and realized that Hart was a lot more sizzle than steak, and Mondale comfortably won the nomination. Patrick Pizzella, National Review, 10 June 2021 In both cases, the club was losing, lacking attacking flair and Locadia provided sizzle going forward with a goal. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 27 May 2021 More importantly, Stroud’s performance featured the most sizzle and the fewest mistakes. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sizzle


1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sizzle


perhaps frequentative of siss to hiss

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22 Jul 2021

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“Sizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sizzle

: to make a hissing sound like the sound water makes when it hits hot metal
chiefly US, informal : to be very exciting, romantic, etc.


siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl How to pronounce sizzle (audio) \
sizzled; sizzling

Kids Definition of sizzle

: to make a hissing or sputtering noise in or as if in frying or burning

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