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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.
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Origin of fizz

First recorded in 1655–65; back formation from fizzle


fizzer, noun
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What does fizz mean?

Fizz is a bubbliness or bubbly quality, like the kind in a carbonated drink. A much more formal word for this is effervescence.

Fizz can also refer to the kind of hissing sound that such bubbliness makes or to the kind of drink that’s known for having fizz, like soda (pop), seltzer, and soda water (which is sometimes called fizzwater).

More specifically, the word fizz can refer to an alcoholic mixed drink containing liquor, fruit juice, sugar, and club soda. A classic example is a gin fizz.

Fizz is also a British slang term for champagne, which is known for bubbliness (it’s sometimes called bubbly for the same reason).

Fizz can also be used as a verb meaning to make a bubbling or hissing noise or to produce bubbles, as in That soda bottle may fizz a bit when you open it. 

Something that’s bubbly or fizzing can be described with the adjective fizzy.

Example: I like how the fizz tickles my nose as I’m drinking.

Where does fizz come from?

The first records of the word fizz come from the 1600s. It’s a shortening of the word fizzle, which comes from the Old Norse fīsa, meaning “to break wind.” It’s an example of onomatopoeia, which involves the formation of words in imitation of the sounds made by the things they refer to. Some synonyms of fizz are also examples of onomatopoeia, such as hiss and buzz.

Things can fizz or contain fizz for different reasons. It’s commonly due to carbonation, which involves the addition of carbon dioxide or carbonic acid to produce those lovely little bubbles that pop and fizz. Fizzing sounds don’t just happen in drinks though—dripping water into a fire or a hot pan will result in fizzy noises as the water turns into steam.

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What are some other forms related to fizz?

  • fizzy (adjective)
  • fizziness (noun)
  • fizzer (noun)

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How is fizz used in real life?

Fizz is an informal word. It’s especially associated with carbonated drinks.



Try using fizz!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of fizz?

A. buzz
B. fizzle
C. flatten
D. froth

How to use fizz in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fizz

/ (fɪz) /

verb (intr)
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 of fizz

fizzy, adjectivefizziness, noun

Word Origin for fizz

C17: of imitative origin
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