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.

Words nearby fizzle

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 out

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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Idioms and Phrases with fizzle out

fizzle out

Fail, end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. For example, The enthusiasm for reform has fizzled out in this state. The word fizzle dates from the early 1500s and meant “to break wind without making noise.” Later it was applied to hissing noises, such as those made by wet fireworks, and then to any endeavor that ends in disappointment. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

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