sizzle

[siz-uhl]
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verb (used without object), siz·zled, siz·zling.

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.

verb (used with object), siz·zled, siz·zling.

to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.

noun

a sizzling sound.

Nearby words

  1. sized,
  2. sizeism,
  3. sizer,
  4. sizing,
  5. sizy,
  6. sizzler,
  7. sizzling,
  8. siècle,
  9. siècle d'or,
  10. sj

Origin of sizzle

1595–1605; imitative; see -le

SYNONYMS FOR sizzle
Related formssiz·zler, nounsiz·zling·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for sizzler

sizzler

noun

something that sizzles
informal a very hot day

sizzle

verb (intr)

to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
informal to be very hot
informal to be very angry

noun

a hissing sound

Word Origin for sizzle

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

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Word Origin and History for sizzler

sizzle

v.

c.1600, "to burn with a hissing sound," perhaps a frequentative form of Middle English sissen "hiss, buzz" (c.1300), of imitative origin. The figurative sense is attested from 1859. Related: Sizzled; sizzling. The noun is first recorded 1823.

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