verb (used without object), fiz·zled, fiz·zling.
Origin of fizzle
Examples from the Web for fizzle
Could Occupy Wall Street yet prove a harbinger rather than a fizzle?
He predicted that without more mobilization and pressure from outside, reform could “fizzle.”
But the thing about phenoms is they can come in hot and then fizzle into a lower voltage of play.Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks: The Science Behind Winning|Clark Merrefield|February 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If U.S.-Pakistan cooperation were in fact to fizzle, clearly such operations would be compromised.
Protests have come and gone, and plans for large-scale demonstrations often fizzle."We Are All Khaled Said": Will the Revolution Come to Egypt?|Mike Giglio|January 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
There was no use in trying to disguise the fact any longer; he was a fizzle.Claim Number One|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
One only does this sort of thing when the function is a fizzle.Mr. Punch In Society|Various
The fizzle is generally made because daddy and mama have a lot of foolish notions about bringing up girls.Think|Col. Wm. C. Hunter
I hate to see things go so far and then make a fizzle of it.Wheat and Huckleberries|Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
The scene promised to be as big a “fizzle” as the one shot the previous day.Ruth Fielding Down East|Alice B. Emerson
Word Origin for fizzle
1530s, "to break wind without noise," probably altered from obsolete fist, from Middle English fisten "break wind" (see feisty) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Fizzled; fizzling.
Noun sense of "failure, fiasco" is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for "failure in an exam." Barnhart says it is "not considered as derived from the verb." The verb in this sense is from 1847.