[ siz-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪz əl /
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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.
a sizzling sound.
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Origin of sizzle
1595–1605; imitative; see -le
OTHER WORDS FROM sizzlesizzler, nounsiz·zling·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for sizzle
The mechanical pitcher tightened up, pitched three sizzlers in a row.Mystery Wings|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for sizzle
/ (ˈsɪzəl) /
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
C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle
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