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 fizzes

Historical Examples of fizzes

  • How it fizzes as it goes into the trough of water, and how suddenly all the glow is gone!

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Be ready to drink it while it fizzes; for then it's at its best.

  • A drop of acid on it fizzes away and sinks in between the grains of sand which in this spot become loose.

  • We finished our fizzes, and Bish and I both wanted repeats, and Dad felt that he had to go along.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Two enterprising young men stand behind the bar-keepers in a perpetual shaking of the fizzes.

British Dictionary definitions for fizzes


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 fizzes



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper