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

America’s economy is sizzling and the Federal Reserve is raising rates, but growth has flattened off elsewhere. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 The intimate, corner convo only fueled rumors that there are real-life romantic feelings between the costars, whose onscreen chemistry sizzled in A Star Is Born. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Were Reportedly "In a Corner Together All Night" at an Oscar Party This Weekend," 24 Feb. 2019 Couturier has been sizzling, scoring 11 goals in his last 12 games. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers-Devils preview: Philly begins tough set of back-to-back games," 20 Jan. 2018 In a medium saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp oil and garlic on medium until garlic is sizzling on the edges. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoked Paprika Steak and Lentils with Spinach," 19 Dec. 2018 The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet (50 meters) from where lava sizzles into the sea. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23," 16 July 2018 Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, the sound of burgers sizzling, and long warm nights. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters," 23 May 2018 Like duck roasted tender, sizzled crisp and heaped onto soft tortillas. Leah Eskin,, "Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe," 23 May 2018 The economy expanded at a sizzling 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "US retail sales edged up in September," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bank presentations show Uber gathering momentum toward an IPO that is among the most hotly anticipated on Wall Street and Silicon Valley and could come sooner than expected as the new-issue market sizzles. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Uber Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion in a Possible IPO," 16 Oct. 2018 Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat until drop of water sizzles; brush lightly with oil. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Recipe Alert: How to Make Pancakes," 23 July 2018 Theatricality: True to this world where sizzle substitutes for substance, video projections create architecture and gardens, dining rooms and libraries, killer bees (really) and pools of blood. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Monty Python fans may love'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'," 2 May 2018 The shirt was from Justin O’Shea’s SSS World Corps, a label that unapologetically makes sleaze sizzle on the runway. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Red Hot Flame Shirt," 12 Oct. 2018 Add remaining 3 Tbsp oil, lemon zest, and garlic; cook until garlic sizzles around edges and turns golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Charred Escarole with Sauteed Garlic and Lemon," 30 Nov. 2018 Just coat them in oil and spices, and roast at high heat until they sizzle. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 But McCarthy is after more than sizzle in her detailed scenes of women losing their virginity or getting fitted for contraceptive devices. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018 The Seaport District is back, and last night at Pier 36, Moschino and H&M brought the sizzle—or rather, sparkle. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Aquaria, Marc Jacobs, Yolanda Hadid, and More Sparkled at the Moschino x H&M Runway Show and Party," 25 Oct. 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
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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