siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl How to pronounce sizzle (audio) \
sizzled; sizzling\ ˈsi-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce sizzling (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 close pass by the sun caused the comet’s outer layers to sizzle, erupting gas and dust from the icy surface and forming a large debris tail, NASA said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Bright nighttime skies will make it difficult to see rare comet from Alaska," 13 July 2020 Add the onions and a few generous pinches of salt, stir to coat the onions in oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to sizzle. Jessica Battilana,, "Green Chile Patty Melt as the salve for a stressful move," 2 July 2020 From Ashish to Chloé, the catwalks of spring '17 – the fashion month that succeeded Lemonade’s release – were sizzling with dresses in sherbet lemon, canary, and mustard hues. Georgia Murray,, "The Irresistible Appeal Of A Yellow Dress," 26 May 2020 Elsewhere across the country, the southwest is sizzling under blistering and record-setting hot temperatures. NBC News, "Severe thunderstorms could stretch 1,000 miles from Michigan to Texas," 28 Apr. 2020 The Longhorn formula is simple: Start with a menu that’s heavy with fried options, focus on burgers always sizzling on the griddle, and pair that with ice cold beer and sports on TV. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Longhorn Cafe," 20 Sep. 2019 The food was great, but even more memorable was being surrounded by nature, sipping a cup of coffee in the early morning and smelling the bacon sizzling on the grill. Terri Colby,, "New glamping spot in Michigan brings luxury to a blueberry farm," 11 July 2019 Now, Hulu) Steven Soderbergh’s sizzling neo-noir has long been one of my go-to films for summoning a good mood. David Sims, The Atlantic, "10 Perfect Films to Watch While Stuck at Home," 20 Mar. 2020 Freshman shortstop Trey Faltine already has flashed some sizzling leather and leads Texas with 32 assists. Nick Moyle,, "Off to a perfect start, Texas will be tested in Shriners College Classic," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Fourth of July weekend doesn't have the sizzle of summers past. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "July 15 tax return deadline is right around the corner: What to know," 3 July 2020 But rather than stamp out the virus, after the first month or two the number of cases instead fell to a low, uneasy sizzle. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home," 19 June 2020 With that said, only a few stood out from the sizzle reels and trailers. cleveland, "Top 5 intriguing PlayStation 5 games for the upcoming console," 16 June 2020 The snap of metal striking skin was followed an instant later by a sizzle as 75,000 volts passed from the baton into him. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Tap figures prominently, most spectacularly in a ghoulishly clever number where one of the boys has a nightmare about dying in the electric chair, the clicks of his heels echoing the sizzle and crackle of the deadly current. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Kander and Ebb’s ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ at the Beck Center entrances as it weaves its story of savage racial injustice," 16 Feb. 2020 Bring to a sizzle, stirring occasionally, until the garlic chips start to dance and turn golden brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Somni chef Aitor Zabala shares his secrets to Spain’s best shrimp dish," 19 Sep. 2019 Free online games Get our free daily crossword puzzle, sudoku, word search and arcade games in our new game center at OPINION — Joe Biden needs competence, not sizzle, from his vice presidential running mate. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The $600 surprise," 28 Apr. 2020 Brown the butter by melting it over medium heat and babysitting it for two or three minutes, stirring until the butter sizzles, foams and turns brown. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everyone is baking now. We asked some top Wisconsin bakers for tips on making better chocolate chip cookies," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of sizzle was in 1603

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21 Jul 2020

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“Sizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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