- to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.
- Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling out.
- Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.
- to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
- a sizzling sound.
Origin of sizzle
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Examples from the Web for sizzle
Mrs. Clinton gave them just the sizzle they yearned for in a recent interview in The Atlantic.Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy
Leslie H. Gelb
August 13, 2014
As soon as everything started to sizzle hard, lots of water was added to the pot along with a small handful of salt.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
It is, on the other hand, a sizzle reel of quotable dialogue.‘Girls’ Season 3 Trailer Debuts. Is It the Most Relatable Yet?
November 22, 2013
“That seven-minute sizzle reel got seven TV offers,” Farah remembers.How ‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream
February 12, 2013
Indeed, this is not the kind of shop that would appeal to the 50-something woman with a hankering for flash and sizzle.Fashion of a Certain Age New Website Halsbrook.com Caters to Mature Shoppers
November 4, 2012
The stranger broke off an icicle and laid it on the stove to hear it sizzle.The Fighting Shepherdess
He was slowly being cremated and it was fascinating to watch him sizzle.In Africa
John T. McCutcheon
I still persisted, and he continued to sizzle around at a fierce rate.Twenty Years of Hus'ling
J. P. Johnston
As she burns the letters the tears fall and sizzle on the hot stove.The Spirit of the Ghetto
He threw it into the fire; and, with a sombre satisfaction, watched it sizzle.Harlequin and Columbine
- to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
- informal to be very hot
- informal to be very angry
- a hissing sound
Word Origin and History for sizzle
c.1600, "to burn with a hissing sound," perhaps a frequentative form of Middle English sissen "hiss, buzz" (c.1300), of imitative origin. The figurative sense is attested from 1859. Related: Sizzled; sizzling. The noun is first recorded 1823.