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.

Origin of fizz

First recorded in 1655–65; back formation from fizzle
Related formsfizz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fizzed

Historical Examples of fizzed

  • One match broke, the second had no strikin' head on it, the third just fizzed.

  • It fizzed agreeably as it was quenched, and she looked enquiringly into the glass.

    Dodo's Daughter

    E. F. Benson

  • Miss Paget's temper, which had been rapidly rising, now fizzed over.

  • He simply bubbled and fizzed with advice, and he smiled as he offered it.


    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • It was here that most of the mischief fermented and fizzed out on unexpected occasions.

British Dictionary definitions for fizzed


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 Formsfizzy, adjectivefizziness, noun

Word Origin for fizz

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for fizzed



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

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