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sizzle

[siz-uh l] /ˈsɪz əl/
verb (used without object), sizzled, sizzling.
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), sizzled, sizzling.
4.
to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound:
to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
noun
5.
a sizzling sound.
Origin of sizzle
1595-1605
1595-1605; imitative; see -le
Related forms
sizzler, noun
sizzlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. sputter, spatter, crackle, hiss.
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  • The stranger broke off an icicle and laid it on the stove to hear it sizzle.

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  • He was slowly being cremated and it was fascinating to watch him sizzle.

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  • I still persisted, and he continued to sizzle around at a fierce rate.

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  • As she burns the letters the tears fall and sizzle on the hot stove.

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  • He threw it into the fire; and, with a sombre satisfaction, watched it sizzle.

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British Dictionary definitions for sizzle

sizzle

/ˈsɪzəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
2.
(informal) to be very hot
3.
(informal) to be very angry
noun
4.
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.

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

sizzle

noun

Persuasive pressure; heat: That's the sizzle (1980s+)

verb

fry

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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