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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
First recorded in 1655-65; back formation from fizzle
Related forms
fizzer, noun Unabridged
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  • Brady declared that he heard it fizzing away as it went down his throat, from the heat of his inside.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • There is no bubbling, nor fizzing, nor any other noise or motion.

  • V found a calf's head in the larder, and it would make a fizzing Gorgon's head, but Mrs. Worfolk wouldn't let us have it.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • Miss Todd felt that the school was fizzing over, and must find some outlet for its excitement.

  • You had to blink when looked at it; and you heard a fizzing sound just like the machine with a "scope" at the end of it.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • How we crowd into cars and steamboats; a locomotive would well typify our fuming, fizzing spirit.

  • That word, that name over the music hall, fizzing and crackling in its hundred lights, seemed to hold him as by an eye of fire.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The fizzing sound was interspersed with one or two cracks, which intensified the alarm, but did not clear up the mystery.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • The next proved to be an intermittent spring fizzing on the hot stove from a water-jar placed upon it.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • Up and down the roadway, the thing zigzagged—back and forth—spitting a little and fizzing behind.

    Mr. Achilles Jennette Lee
British Dictionary definitions for fizzing


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 fizzing



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 fizzing



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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