siz·​zle | \ ˈsi-zəl How to pronounce sizzle (audio) \
sizzled; sizzling\ ˈsi-​zə-​liŋ How to pronounce sizzling (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)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s of little surprise, considering Colorado’s sizzling start to September. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "First snow of the season dusts Colorado high country," 12 Sep. 2019 For the past few years, lobster has been the red-hot attraction at many San Diego area casino buffets, but the burger is the current culinary craze that’s sizzling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Casinos put the sizzle in red-hot burger trend," 8 Sep. 2019 This result would of course increase the temperature of USC coach Clay Helton’s seat from merely sizzling to nuclear meltdown. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 1 of the college football season," 30 Aug. 2019 Bethard threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay on Monday Night Football, while Mullens sizzled in his Thursday night debut, torching the Raiders’ secondary for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Looking at backup quarterbacks Colts could acquire in coming days," 30 Aug. 2019 For a good while, however, Friday showed flashes of that early-career brilliance, as these two aging tennis lions traded sets in an often-sizzling match with vintage shotmaking. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Roger Federer Turns Back Clock—and Tables—on Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon," 12 July 2019 In an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant but not brown., "large plum tomatoes (about ¾ pound)," 17 Sep. 2019 Quarterback Sam Ehlinger sizzled with 279 passing yards, three touchdown passes and just four incompletions. Nick Moyle,, "No. 12 Texas dominates Rice in final Big 12 tune-up," 14 Sep. 2019 The La Liga champions kick off their title defence with a trip to Athletic Bilbao on Friday, and go into the opener in sizzling form, having won four out of their five pre-season matches - a defeat to Chelsea in July the sole blemish on the record., "Ernesto Valverde Provides Lionel Messi Injury Update Ahead of La Liga Opener," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun September looks to potentially continue the August sizzle, with above average temperature and precipitation chances potentially in the offing this month. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "August finishes as Denver’s third-warmest on record," 2 Sep. 2019 In 2002, the idea of playing for USA Basketball had lost all of its sizzle. Chris Mannix,, "Jerry Colangelo on Team USA Collapse: ‘This Will Bother Me Until the 2020 Olympics’," 17 Sep. 2019 Beef fajitas were all sizzle and no spice, laid out on an iron platter spitting oil through billows of steam. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine restaurant is mid-level Mexican food in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 22 Aug. 2019 But this matchup lost most of its sizzle with the departures of Leonard and Irving. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Nine games on the Celtics schedule you don’t want to miss," 12 Aug. 2019 Prime steakhouses are expert at mixing seclusion and discretion with sizzle and steak. Michael Hiller, Dallas News, "Want to sneak away? Try these hidden or secret bars in Las Vegas," 9 July 2019 Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick griddle (or large skillet) over high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Weeknight chicken challenge met with a hot griddle and fast recipes," 11 Sep. 2019 An intense whirligig of tannins metallically attacked my mouth and, on the finish, there was an astringent sizzle, with undertones of acid reflux. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019 Foods from around the world sizzle on outdoor grills and bubble in large steel pots. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Travel the world without leaving Louisville. Here's what to know about 2019 Worldfest," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of sizzle was in 1603

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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
chiefly US, informal : to be very exciting, romantic, etc.


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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