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

boil, burn, foam, fume, rage, rankle, seethe, steam, storm

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

Beat Saber is a joy to play for anyone who’s ever imagined picking up a lightsaber and heading off to battle, with the blades sparking and sizzling in front of you. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Beat Saber is the neon-soaked VR Star Wars / Guitar Hero mashup you didn’t know you needed," 18 May 2018 The supermodel sizzled in a thigh-skimming Saint Laurent halter dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kate Moss Goes to Her First Met Gala in Almost 10 Years in a Chic LBD," 7 May 2018 His number won’t sizzle with only 55 catches for 555 yards and five touchdowns in his college career. Larry Holder,, "New Orleans Saints Mock Draft 2.0: DE Sam Hubbard a safe pick at No. 27," 19 Mar. 2018 Arkansas State sprinter Jaylen Bacon wants to sizzle in Eugene., "Women's title is up for grabs as NCAA meet begins at Hayward: Oregon track & field rundown," 5 June 2018 In it, Willow is seen on the kitchen counter while Pink's youngest is strapped to the her chest, eyeing the veggies sizzling on the stove. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Pink Accused of Endangering Her Kids After Posting This Photo," 19 July 2017 There were two types this day — asada and pork al pastor — both sizzling in piles, ready to go from the sunlit griddle ($2.50 apiece). Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 While the Ranch actor gave it a sizzling shot, Combs ultimately crowned Corden the winner this time around. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Sean 'Diddy' Combs Talks Hosting Donald Trump at a Party, Ashton Kutcher Plays 'Drop the Mic' On 'Corden': Watch," 13 June 2018 Ovechkin is known primarily for a sizzling shot and scoring touch, but opponents know him as a 230-pound forward who plays a mean game. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Alex Ovechkin 'on a little bit of a mission' in Stanley Cup Final," 28 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But what Cristobal, officially 0-1 as Oregon's coach, has done in 107 days on the job is demand that the culture of Ducks football to turn away from sizzle and get back to steak. Andrew Greif,, "In a program first, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu named first-team All-America," 26 Mar. 2018 But Trump recognizes that the court pick offers both sizzle and substance, giving him the opportunity to tip the balance on the court toward conservatives for decades., "Trump’s reveal of his Supreme Court choice will be a show, and that’s how he likes it," 8 July 2018 And while tonight’s CFP Championship (ESPN, 8 p.m.) lost some sizzle with the elimination of Heisman winner Baker Mayfield in the Rose Bowl, there will still be plenty of prospects for NFL fans to keep an eye on. Albert Breer,, "The Top 2018 NFL Draft Prospects in the National Title Game," 8 Jan. 2018 What made the couture crack, sizzle, and pop for Fall? Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Fall 2018 Couture Collections, as Seen by Illustrator Piet Paris," 9 July 2018 Instead, what the Jacksons served up was a dose of full-on, unashamed nostalgia — delivered with just enough sizzle to keep it from lapsing into outdated routine. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jacksons overcome technical woes to sparkle at Detroit Music Weekend," 17 June 2018 Kanahele began a traditional chant in celebration of the lava, raising her voice above the sizzle and blast. Scott Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 20 May 2018 Sliced vegetables, meat, gochujang chili paste and a raw egg over rice, sizzles and crips around the edges at the table in a blistering stone bowl. Todd A. Price,, "At New Orleans' Korean restaurants, go for the heat and the meat," 20 Feb. 2018 When the temperatures soar in the Valley, restaurants add extra sizzle to their menus to draw diners during the slow summer months. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "10 summer deals at Phoenix restaurants, casual to upscale dining," 15 June 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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