- 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.
Origin of sizzle
Synonyms for sizzle
Examples from the Web for sizzlers
Historical Examples of sizzlers
The mechanical pitcher tightened up, pitched three sizzlers in a row.Mystery Wings
Roy J. Snell
- to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
- informal to be very hot
- informal to be very angry
- a hissing sound
Word Origin for sizzle
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.