fizzle

[ fiz-uhl ]
/ ˈfɪz əl /

verb (used without object), fiz·zled, fiz·zling.

to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly.
Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.

noun

a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
Informal. a failure; fiasco.

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Origin of fizzle

1525–35; earlier fysel to break wind, frequentative of *fise < Old Norse fīsa to break wind; akin to feist

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British Dictionary definitions for fizzle

fizzle
/ (ˈfɪzəl) /

verb (intr)

to make a hissing or bubbling sound
(often foll by out) informal to fail or die out, esp after a promising start

noun

a hissing or bubbling sound; fizz
informal an outright failure; fiasco

Word Origin for fizzle

C16: probably from obsolete fist to break wind
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