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sizzle

verb siz·zle \ ˈsi-zəl \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of sizzle

sizzled; sizzling play \ˈsi-zə-liŋ, ˈsiz-liŋ\
: to burn up or sear with or as if with a hissing sound
1 : to make a hissing sound in or as if in burning or frying
2 : to seethe with deep anger or resentment

Examples of sizzle in a Sentence

  1. bacon sizzling in the pan

  2. Their romance sizzled throughout the whole summer.

  3. The book sizzles with excitement.

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Origin and Etymology of sizzle

perhaps frequentative of siss to hiss

sizzle Synonyms

Synonyms

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

Phrases

see red;


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sizzle

noun

Definition of sizzle

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

Examples of sizzle in a Sentence

  1. there was a brief sizzle as the moth flew into the flame

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First Known Use of sizzle

circa 1823

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sizzle Synonyms

Synonyms

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


SIZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

sizzle

Definition of sizzle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to be very exciting, romantic, etc.


SIZZLE Defined for Kids

sizzle

verb siz·zle \ ˈsi-zəl \

Definition of sizzle for Students

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


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