- to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly.
- Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.
- a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
- Informal. a failure; fiasco.
Origin of fizzle
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Examples from the Web for fizzle
Could Occupy Wall Street yet prove a harbinger rather than a fizzle?The Dems’ Fork in the Road
November 12, 2013
He predicted that without more mobilization and pressure from outside, reform could “fizzle.”How About that Filibuster Reform?
December 13, 2012
But the thing about phenoms is they can come in hot and then fizzle into a lower voltage of play.Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks: The Science Behind Winning
February 18, 2012
If U.S.-Pakistan cooperation were in fact to fizzle, clearly such operations would be compromised.Pakistan-U.S. Relations Frayed But Not Collapsing
April 14, 2011
Protests have come and gone, and plans for large-scale demonstrations often fizzle."We Are All Khaled Said": Will the Revolution Come to Egypt?
January 22, 2011
It was a lot easier just to let her explode and then fizzle out.The Odyssey of Sam Meecham
Charles E. Fritch
And I must say, as a raid in force, it was more or less of a fizzle.Torchy and Vee
The Raid was a fizzle and the commander and all his men were captured by the Boers.An African Adventure
Isaac F. Marcosson
It is a fizzle, a twentieth-century abomination—an invention with no room for an ad.Perkins of Portland
Ellis Parker Butler
You must be so well equipped that you will not make life a “fizzle.”'Boy Wanted'
- to make a hissing or bubbling sound
- (often foll by out) informal to fail or die out, esp after a promising start
- a hissing or bubbling sound; fizz
- informal an outright failure; fiasco
Word Origin and History for fizzle
1530s, "to break wind without noise," probably altered from obsolete fist, from Middle English fisten "break wind" (see feisty) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Fizzled; fizzling.
Noun sense of "failure, fiasco" is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for "failure in an exam." Barnhart says it is "not considered as derived from the verb." The verb in this sense is from 1847.