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

There's the burning wood, charcoal, or gas producing heat, and there's your food sizzling in that heat. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "8 Great Grilling Accessories," 8 Aug. 2019 The table fills with plates of food: tender filet mignon for her; bowls of butter dumplings and sautéed spinach; a large steak for him, still sizzling with heat; and hash browns, which Wozniacki has ordered and Lee sneaks forkfuls of. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "A Night Out With Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee, Sports’ Most Romantic Couple," 11 Dec. 2018 Angela Dimayuga takes four pantry ingredients and sizzles them into a fragrant sauce in minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Spicy Shrimp Paste Noodles," 24 July 2019 His historic Giants debut in an 11-5 victory over the Diamondbacks included a grand slam, two-run triple and sizzling opposite-field single. John Shea,, "Alex Dickerson’s historic debut leads Giants past Diamondbacks," 21 June 2019 Still, whether or not the company will continue to sizzle for investors is yet to be determined. Fortune, "'Purely a Valuation Call': Why J.P. Morgan Just Downgraded Beyond Meat," 11 June 2019 As summer starts to sizzle and temperatures continue to rise, our homes can offer little refuge from the oppressive heat and humidity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019 Spicy serrano rajas prove to be a formidable second string, and an excellent complement to sizzled beef. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Pueblan-style Mexican food at this family-owned restaurant made a dining critic do a happy dance," 5 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Although the Raptors are the defending NBA champions, the departure of superstar forward Kawhi Leonard takes plenty of the sizzle out of this matchup. Adam Himmelsbach,, "For fourth year in a row, Celtics will play on Christmas," 2 Aug. 2019 First, spray on a thick layer of the cleaner and let the foam sizzle for 3 to 5 minutes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A little summer lovin’ for the care of cars and RVs," 21 July 2019 Here are some tips for how to stay safe through the summer sizzle. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Dangerous heat: Hot weather, health warning signs you shouldn't ignore," 19 July 2019 Clouds of steam and fajitas-like sizzle announce the arrival of crab and asparagus cooked in a cast-iron pan and rushed to the table. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Queen’s English brings Hong Kong’s sizzle to Columbia Heights," 17 July 2019 As the Fourth of July draws near, booms, sizzles and pops echoing all over the city send many pets into a panic. Marie Fazio,, "How to keep panicky pets calm and safe when the fireworks go off," 2 July 2019 Broward and Palm Beach counties saw their share of early-summer sizzle, climbing to 92 degrees in Fort Lauderdale (record high: 95, set in 1960) and 92 degrees in West Palm Beach (record: 97, set in 1918) on Sunday. Phillip Valys,, "Miami hits record-breaking 95 degrees; rain expected later this week," 23 June 2019 Crack the kitchen window, sizzle a beautiful steak. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Postcards From L.A.: That’s not a flower vase. That’s my margarita glass," 23 May 2019 Step 2 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, Washington Post, "For a dose of comfort and a taste of home, make these classic cheese blintzes," 7 June 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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