[ siz-uhl ]
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verb (used without object),siz·zled, siz·zling.
  1. to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.

  2. Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling out.

  1. Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.

verb (used with object),siz·zled, siz·zling.
  1. to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.

  1. a sizzling sound.

Origin of sizzle

1595–1605; imitative; see -le

Other words for sizzle

Other words from sizzle

  • sizzler, noun
  • siz·zling·ly, adverb

Words Nearby sizzle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sizzle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sizzle


/ (ˈsɪzəl) /

  1. to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat

  2. informal to be very hot

  1. informal to be very angry

  1. a hissing sound

Origin of sizzle

C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle

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