siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl \
sizzled; sizzling\ ˈsi-​zə-​liŋ , 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

fizz, fizzle, hiss, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)

Synonyms: Noun

fizz, hiss, swish, whish, whiz (or whizz)

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Examples of sizzle in a Sentence


bacon sizzling in the pan Their romance sizzled throughout the whole summer. The book sizzles with excitement.


there was a brief sizzle as the moth flew into the flame
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, the sound of burgers sizzling, and long warm nights. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters," 23 May 2018 Like duck roasted tender, sizzled crisp and heaped onto soft tortillas. Leah Eskin,, "Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe," 23 May 2018 The economy expanded at a sizzling 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "US retail sales edged up in September," 16 Oct. 2018 The Tex-Mex options include sizzling fajita platters, quesadillas, enchiladas and tacos. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Pappy’s Café brings familiar menu to larger space," 5 Apr. 2018 The chain still dishes up sizzling fajita platters in the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, China and Luxembourg. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Review: Texican does both Texas and Mexico proud," 7 May 2017 But pressing your hair between two scorching-hot plates can be a recipe for a dried, sizzled, frizzy disaster. Deena Campbell, Allure, "The Best Flatirons for Every Budget," 18 July 2018 When hot enough, the oil should skim across the surface, and the meat will sizzle on contact. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 The chemistry between Colbert and Gable positively sizzles. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The shirt was from Justin O’Shea’s SSS World Corps, a label that unapologetically makes sleaze sizzle on the runway. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Red Hot Flame Shirt," 12 Oct. 2018 Add remaining 3 Tbsp oil, lemon zest, and garlic; cook until garlic sizzles around edges and turns golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Charred Escarole with Sauteed Garlic and Lemon," 30 Nov. 2018 Just coat them in oil and spices, and roast at high heat until they sizzle. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 But McCarthy is after more than sizzle in her detailed scenes of women losing their virginity or getting fitted for contraceptive devices. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018 The Seaport District is back, and last night at Pier 36, Moschino and H&M brought the sizzle—or rather, sparkle. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Aquaria, Marc Jacobs, Yolanda Hadid, and More Sparkled at the Moschino x H&M Runway Show and Party," 25 Oct. 2018 The fresh corn tortilla, made just after sunrise, was tossed onto the plancha, brushed with oil and more oil and left to sizzle to a blistering, charred finish. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Ozuna, 27, brings less sizzle than Stanton but similar production: a .312 average, 37 homers and 124 runs batted in last season. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "For the Cardinals, a Rebuilding Year Is Never an Option," 4 Mar. 2018 Bazzi's songs burn with desire and sizzle with regret. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 5 Best Bazzi Remixes," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sizzle

: to make a hissing sound like the sound water makes when it hits hot metal

: to be very exciting, romantic, etc.


siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl \
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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