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

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

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

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 Soaring temperatures disrupted train service in England as Britain sizzled during the hottest July on record, according to Sky News. Fox News, "Heat wave smashes records in Europe, creates transportation chaos as dozens sickened," 25 July 2019 Just hours after celebrating sister Khloé Kardashian’s 35th birthday, on Friday, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 38, posted a sizzling shot from her recent family vacation to Costa Rica. Maria Pasquini,, "Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Curves in Sizzling Bikini Pic from Family Vacation to Costa Rica," 28 June 2019 Moore was sizzling from the field, making 11 of 13 shots in 23 minutes. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU Women keep it rolling, advance to WNIT semifinals for first time | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Mar. 2018 Nebraska’s first trip to Boulder in a decade is a sizzling ticket. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: TV selections coming, bowl projections, my top-25 ballot, poor ROI on head coaches and more," 6 Sep. 2019 Like the burger, the Bananas Foster comes with a theatrical presentation, the fileted fruit sizzling before you. Marc Bona,, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Add the garlic and sizzle, stirring, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Los Angeles Times, "Garlicky Shrimp and Egg Stir-Fry," 21 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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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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