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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Test by adding some flour or a piece of bread, which should sizzle and brown quickly. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 Lake Erie spawning grounds still sizzle: The Western Lake Erie reefs and the nearby Sandusky and Maumee rivers are the prime spawning areas for walleye. cleveland, 3 June 2022 Many food trucks have shut down as sidewalks sizzle. CBS News, 29 July 2022 Many food trucks have shut down as sidewalks sizzle. Claire Rush And Gillian Flaccus, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Many food trucks have shut down as sidewalks sizzle. Claire Rush, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 The heat will sizzle in major Texas cities such as Dallas and Houston, while the midwestern hubs of Chicago and St. Louis will also roast, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 With electrifying electro-pop as the base, their releases sizzle and crackle with the fresh, vibrant vigor of youth. Tanu I. Raj, Billboard, 15 July 2022 The flooding came as the Midwest and East Coast sizzle from a heat wave and other parts of the West burn from an early wildfire season amid a persistent drought that has increased the frequency and intensity of fires. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s been plenty of sizzle around the Patriots this summer, including weeklong trips to the Nevada desert and the sauna that is South Florida in September, all in preparation for Sunday’s date with the Dolphins. Jim Mcbride,, 7 Sep. 2022 Some of the sizzle clearly was missing from the passing game, and Notre Dame deserves some credit. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2022 The employment market appears to have lost some of its sizzle, a development that could influence Federal Reserve policy and further raise concerns about an economic recession among investors. Damian J. Troise, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 Too often, there's more sizzle about vetting and procurement than steak. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 16 May 2022 As the flagship series wound down, the sizzle trailer insisted that while the show’s antihero protagonist — played by Omari Hardwick — might have drawn his last breath, there was plenty of oxygen left in the franchise. Joshua Alston, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Hats or visors with wide brims and flaps—like the Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap ($38, REI)—offer a further shield from the sun’s sizzle. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 27 July 2022 And absent stores with a very splashy look and personality that had long given A&F much of its sizzle, the company has come up more inventive ways to market itself. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 When Howie falls for Charlie (James Scully), the cute doctor comes as a package deal with the disdainful Cooper (Nick Adams) and aloof Will (Conrad Ricamora), who strikes an instant love-hate sizzle with Noah. Justin J Wee, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 See More

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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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“Sizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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