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)

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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 Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms begin to sizzle, 5 to 7 minutes., "Make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch," 24 Mar. 2021 Once the meat starts to faintly sizzle, reduce the heat to medium-low. Washington Post, "I wanted the ultimate Bolognese. Six recipes later, I came up with the best ragu of them all.," 6 Apr. 2021 Reichle continue to sizzle, hitting a corner three to cut the deficit to 65-63. oregonlive, "Oregon State rallies from 16 points down to produce 83-79 OT stunner over UCLA, advances to Pac-12 semifinals," 12 Mar. 2021 Meats sizzle over wood fire, absorbing smoke and blackening at the edges. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "12 stellar places for springtime takeout and outdoor dining," 26 Mar. 2021 Return the purée to the pan, return the pan to medium heat and cook, stirring, until the purée begins to sizzle, about 1 minute. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Sticky Toffee-Date Cake," 19 Mar. 2021 Carefully remove the dish from the oven and spoon the kugel mixture into it — the mixture should sizzle on contact. Washington Post, "Crisp, golden potato kugel can be the highlight of your Passover table, or any other meal," 16 Mar. 2021 Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods continue to sizzle and the spring market is expected to be fast and furious, according to Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas News, "Navigate spring market with experienced agents," 28 Feb. 2021 In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine 2 tablespoons of the oil and the garlic and heat until the garlic starts to sizzle lightly. Washington Post, "Crown a bowl of beans with jewel-toned salad for a fresh, flavorful meal," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But before selecting Wilson, the Jets — or some other NFL team — must answer an important question: Does the substance match the sizzle? Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is the buzz of the NFL draft. But does his potential warrant the hype?," 14 Apr. 2021 No one, though, could rival Doncic’s pregame sizzle on Monday. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Watch: Mavs’ Luka Doncic shows off soccer skills, then drains crazy trick shot over the backboard," 12 Apr. 2021 Hi-hats add a steady sizzle, while ride and crash cymbals bring extra punch to certain beats. Michael Pollick,, "The best drum cymbal set," 28 Mar. 2021 As for temperatures, Friday is forecast for a sizzle at a high of 91 degrees and mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "That’s hot! Temps in the 90s this weekend in Central Florida," 26 Mar. 2021 America was built on the sizzle and strength of hot metal being cajoled into railroads, bridges and buildings that connect the nation, all wielded by men like Louisville blacksmith Craig Kaviar, with their sheer brute strength and hammers. Pat Mcdonogh,, "Hardened by metal, this Louisville blacksmith has made 1,000s of architectural works of art," 18 Mar. 2021 Now is a time to play the sizzle but also to start stacking some money slowly but surely away into anything that looks like a cheap inflation hedge. Clem Chambers, Forbes, "What’s Next For Gold?," 12 Mar. 2021 Meghan’s complaints — wound up being far more important than the sizzle of these two talking at all. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "Oprah’s Interview with Harry and Meghan Dragged the Monarchy, Made for Great TV," 8 Mar. 2021 When sizzle subsides, add as many challah pieces to the pan that can fit without crowding. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities bakers put their own twist on challah," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Sizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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