to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.
Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling out.
Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.
to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
a sizzling sound.
- sizzler, noun
- siz·zling·ly, adverb
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How to use sizzle in a sentence
Stanford, meanwhile, looks as complete as any team in the field, with the defending champs featuring sizzle and an ensemble that can beat you at both ends.Should We Expect More Madness In The Women’s Sweet 16? | Howard Megdal | March 25, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
Mids are clear and accurate, while treble is present without treading into any unpleasant sizzle.JBL Live Free NC+ TWS earbuds review: Made for active listening | Tony Ware | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
Quarterback Dak Prescott’s return from an ankle injury that cost him most of last season should add some sizzle to a rivalry that has lacked fire in recent years.Which Washington Football Team games will be most fun to watch? We rated them all. | Scott Allen | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Penske’s presentation was made up of sizzle reels introducing the numerous brands until the company’s ownership — from Billboard to The Hollywood Reporter.Cheat Sheet: NewFronts’ final day showcased the merging of TV, streaming and social video | Sara Guaglione | May 7, 2021 | Digiday
Mrs. Clinton gave them just the sizzle they yearned for in a recent interview in The Atlantic.Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy | Leslie H. Gelb | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As soon as everything started to sizzle hard, lots of water was added to the pot along with a small handful of salt.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil | Annabel Langbein | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is, on the other hand, a sizzle reel of quotable dialogue.‘Girls’ Season 3 Trailer Debuts. Is It the Most Relatable Yet? | Kevin Fallon | November 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“That seven-minute sizzle reel got seven TV offers,” Farah remembers.How ‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream | Kevin Fallon | February 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are fewer huge parties than four years ago and far less political sizzle in the air.
He stirred the smoldering ashes till the broiled fowl began to sizzle afresh.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Let me bolster you up in these blankets and we'll soon have a supper that will sizzle the aches out of you.The Wolf Hunters | James Oliver Curwood
Silence here, too, broken only by the sputtering sizzle of the electrics.Empire Builders | Francis Lynde
Then I went lickety-sizzle up the ladder to the haymow and sure enough Pop was right!Shenanigans at Sugar Creek | Paul Hutchens
In a jiffy, I'd be going slippety-sizzle over the edge of the eaves and land with a wham at Poetry's feet.Shenanigans at Sugar Creek | Paul Hutchens
British Dictionary definitions for sizzle
to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
informal to be very hot
informal to be very angry
a hissing sound
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