Origin of fizz
OTHER WORDS FROM fizzfizzer, noun
Words nearby fizz
What does fizz mean?
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)
What are some synonyms for fizz?
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How is fizz used in real life?
Fizz is an informal word. It’s especially associated with carbonated drinks.
phil and i spent an hour trying to find a squeaking mouse in our kitchen and it turned out to be a bottle of fanta slowly releasing its fizz
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) August 19, 2015
Opened my energy drink like 10 mins ago, and it JUST NOW started to fizz and bubble like crazy. The delayed force is strong with this one.
— Thomas Lister (@sayo) September 27, 2010
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) September 12, 2016
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How to use fizz in a sentence
For open bottles of bubbly, go for a sparkling wine-specific topper, as they can help the fizz go on for up to two days instead of 24 hours.
Hike to Bumpass Hell from Cold Boiling Lake—where bubbles rise like soda fizz—along a five-mile trail.15 National Park Trails to Add to Your Bucket List|elessard|August 6, 2021|Outside Online
There is also pétillant-naturel, a rebirth of an old-style sparkling wine that simply completes fermentation in the bottle to capture some carbon dioxide and create a mild fizz.
We also have two more kosher wines for Passover — a rich, spicy red from Israel and a refreshing fizz from South Africa.Usher in spring with this delightfully crisp sauvignon blanc that costs just $14|Dave McIntyre|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
The bubbles still came out, but some of the fizz was getting lost.
But the fizz in Brazil and Turkey has yet to go flat, and the excitement and turmoil may well continue to spread across the globe.
Summer is here, people are thinking about vacation, and the fizz has fizzled.
The Tea Party in the United States still operates within the system, but its base is full of fizz and is a political force.
“This is a take on a Ramos Gin Fizz but done as a ‘bomb,’” Maloney explains.
I shall give 'em real turtle from Birch's, and as for fizz, they shall swim in it if they like.
There's nothing like fizz, it makes 'em all so friendly; and as for music, I've secured Toot and Kinney.
The fizz water must have something of the sort of thing that old Ponce de Leon sought.My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
So your Seltzer water doesn't pour fast enough to fizz outside the bottle, and your heart is sad.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
Silver Fizz rushed in, hoping to stop him, Morris and Hank closely following his lead.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories|Algernon Blackwood