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

Communications sizzled out, leaving people gathered outside the control room with tears in their eyes. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "India’s Shooting for the Moon, and the Country Is Pumped," 14 July 2019 Much of the continent sizzled in 2018 with record-breaking temperatures and wildfires that ravaged thousands of acres because of heat and drought. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Parisians flock to parks as record-breaking heat scorches Europe," 27 June 2019 The baseball sizzled all the way to the fence for a triple. The Si Staff,, "Remembering Bryce Harper's Sports Illustrated Debut 10 Years Ago," 7 June 2019 Laurenzo is widely credited with popularizing fajitas, originally presented as tacos al carbon – will sizzle day and night. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Original Ninfa’s set to open in Uptown June 10," 5 June 2019 Two of Devers’s hits — one misplayed by the White Sox, one a legitimate rocket off the Wall for a single — were to left, one double clanged off the fence in center, and another two-bagger sizzled between outfielders in right-center. Alex Speier,, "Red Sox defeat White Sox at Fenway," 25 June 2019 While drummer JT Bates thundered and sizzled, the four attempted to don and doff jeans without the use of their hands. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Zenon Dance Company’s farewell is exhilarating and touching," 14 June 2019 When chile starts sizzling, add cashew pieces and sauté until light brown. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spice savvy: These 7 trendy seasonings will add pizzazz to your cooking," 27 Feb. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gambling on him was a worthwhile pursuit, but the empty-handed Lakers must now prove that their substance can match their sizzle. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "After Kawhi Leonard miss, Lakers ink DeMarcus Cousins and scramble to fill out rotation," 7 July 2019 Use cooking oil spray to grease an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat; the pan will be ready when a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Beyond Meat's share price continues to sizzle, soaring another 21% to $168 per share in Monday trading. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Is Beyond Meat's stock price beyond reason?," 11 June 2019 Nearly all of these burger patties and hot dogs are destined for a quick sizzle on a piping hot grill. Chuck Blount,, "Try smoking your burgers and hot dogs with these 3 recipes," 1 July 2019 There, as here, the Yeezy sizzle will help sell the steak, and the career of a promising young fashion designer will be fully under way. Adam Tschorn,, "Kanye West-backed label Maisie Wilen debuts in downtown L.A.," 6 June 2019 Only a few centimeters long, snapping shrimp are one of the loudest marine organisms, producing 200-decibel popping noises that Laferriere likens to the sizzle of frying bacon. Allie Wilkinson, Scientific American, "Military Tries Out Fish as Underwater Spies," 29 Mar. 2019 Add egg mixture and cook until edges have begun to sizzle and set, about 2 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spring Herb Frittata," 2 May 2019 But the two Democrats have yet to create the sort of preconvention sizzle generated in the past by figures such as Michael Dukakis and Patrick. Frank Phillips And Matt Stout,, "Democrats have a lot of energy this year. But in Mass., where do they put it?," 1 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
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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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