[ fiz ]
/ fɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. fixity,
  2. fixt,
  3. fixture,
  4. fizeau,
  5. fizgig,
  6. fizzer,
  7. fizzle,
  8. fizzle out,
  9. fizzwater,
  10. fizzy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fizzing


/ (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 Formsfizzy, adjectivefizziness, noun

Word Origin for fizz

C17: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for fizzing



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

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