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

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 Burgers and hot dogs will sizzle across the country, from grand outdoor kitchens to fire escape patios as Memorial Day launches the season of grilling. Louisa Chu,, "Change Memorial Day grilling lineup with charred greens, savory kebabs," 21 May 2018 In summertime, Sunland Elementary School’s playground area is a sizzling hot cement-scape devoid of shade or children at play. Sara Cardine,, "YMCA of the Foothills brings ‘portable’ water safety lessons to area families," 5 July 2018 World Cup: Round of 16 begins with sizzling matchups If the World Cup's knockout stage is anything like group play, soccer fans are in for a real treat. Editors, USA TODAY, "Families Belong Together rallies, World Cup, elections in Mexico: 5 things to know this weekend," 30 June 2018 The Black Rock sirloin, a certified Angus beef steak served on a sizzling stone is a signature item, and comes in four different sizes to match your appetite. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "'On the rocks' takes on new meaning at Naperville grill," 27 June 2018 After beginning the series missing 63 of 83 from beyond the arc, the Spurs connected on a sizzling 15 of 28 on Sunday. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Pop isn’t on trip, but is on Spurs’ minds," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Intel Low Power Display Technology is classic trade show sizzle, promise of performance without much detail to back it up. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "It's Time to Get Excited About the Future of PCs. (Yes, PCs)," 8 June 2018 Butter set over steady heat separates; left to sizzle, the milk solids toast in the milk fat, turning sweet, creamy butter into rich, nutty brown butter. Leah Eskin,, "In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe," 7 June 2018 Heat a large cast-iron skillet or heavy-duty griddle over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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