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sizzle

[siz-uh l]
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verb (used without object), siz·zled, siz·zling.
  1. to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.
  2. Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling out.
  3. Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.
verb (used with object), siz·zled, siz·zling.
  1. to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
noun
  1. a sizzling sound.

Origin of sizzle

1595–1605; imitative; see -le
Related formssiz·zler, nounsiz·zling·ly, adverb

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1. sputter, spatter, crackle, hiss.
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sizzle

verb (intr)
  1. to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
  2. informal to be very hot
  3. informal to be very angry
noun
  1. a hissing sound

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle
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Word Origin and History for sizzle

v.

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.

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