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fizz

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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a hissing or sputtering sound; effervesce.
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noun
  1. a fizzing sound; effervescence.
  2. soda water or other effervescent water.
  3. an iced mixed drink made of liquor, lemon juice, sugar, and soda: gin fizz.
  4. British Informal. champagne.
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Origin of fizz

First recorded in 1655–65; back formation from fizzle
Related formsfizz·er, noun
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Related Words

frothwhispersibilateeffervescesparkleseethesimmerbuzzsputterfizzlehisswhoosh

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  • When the mixture begins to fizz, they realise that there is indeed a science of medicine.

  • With his second glass of fizz Sir Peter began to thaw a little.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • They be at it again this morning—same as ever—fizz, fizz, fizz!'

  • Ay, I can hear the fat pop and fizz as nateral as life; can't I, Barbara?'

  • All that evening, and all the next morning, Diana's spirits continued to fizz.


British Dictionary definitions for fizz

fizz

verb (intr)
  1. to make a hissing or bubbling sound
  2. (of a drink) to produce bubbles of carbon dioxide, either through fermentation or aeration
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noun
  1. a hissing or bubbling sound
  2. the bubbly quality of a drink; effervescence
  3. any effervescent drink
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Derived Formsfizzy, adjectivefizziness, noun

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for fizz

v.

1660s, of imitative origin. Related: Fizzed; fizzing. The noun is recorded from 1812; meaning "effervescent drink" is from 1864.

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