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[fiz] /fɪz/
verb (used without object)
to make a hissing or sputtering sound; effervesce.
a fizzing sound; effervescence.
soda water or other effervescent water.
an iced mixed drink made of liquor, lemon juice, sugar, and soda:
gin fizz.
British Informal. champagne.
Origin of fizz
1655-65; back formation from fizzle
Related forms
fizzer, noun Unabridged
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  • How it fizzes as it goes into the trough of water, and how suddenly all the glow is gone!

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Be ready to drink it while it fizzes; for then it's at its best.

  • Two enterprising young men stand behind the bar-keepers in a perpetual shaking of the fizzes.

  • A drop of acid on it fizzes away and sinks in between the grains of sand which in this spot become loose.

  • We finished our fizzes, and Bish and I both wanted repeats, and Dad felt that he had to go along.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • But I won't be told that the sun is a ball of blazing gas which spins round and fizzes.

  • Many total abstainers from alcohol are tempted to take "gassy" drinks, fizzes and so forth.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers
  • He was on the loose in New Orleans, doing the town with a crowd of local boys, and prob'bly had too many Ramos fizzes.

    Pledged to the Dead Seabury Quinn
British Dictionary definitions for fizzes


verb (intransitive)
to make a hissing or bubbling sound
(of a drink) to produce bubbles of carbon dioxide, either through fermentation or aeration
a hissing or bubbling sound
the bubbly quality of a drink; effervescence
any effervescent drink
Derived Forms
fizzy, adjective
fizziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fizzes



1660s, of imitative origin. Related: Fizzed; fizzing. The noun is recorded from 1812; meaning "effervescent drink" is from 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fizzes



A failure; fizzle: ''It was a big fizz,'' the ambassador said (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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