- 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
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Examples from the Web for sizzling
The air around the grill clouds with the steam of sizzling onions.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
The sizzling apple pie at Jones on Santa Monica Boulevard was a must.Michael Hastings' Hunger for Life
June 14, 2014
This is the impression Michael Gibney gives in his sizzling and informative debut.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 17, 2014
March 17, 2014
Zachary wound up, eyed the runner, then uncorked a sizzling fastball.Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records
September 29, 2013
And with LinkedIn able to sell itself as a hot social media company, its story is sizzling right now.LinkedIn's Big Ripoff
May 17, 2011
There was no longer the sound of sizzling steam from the unexplored passage-way.City of Endless Night
Even on such a day, sizzling work had to be done, as in winter.Alice Adams
The next instant the blackness of the night was split by a sizzling flame.Slaves of Mercury
Butter was sizzling in the pans and emitting a sharp odor of burnt flour.L'Assommoir
The Martian's weapon and the hand that held it vanished in the sizzling blast.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
- extremely hot
- very passionate or erotica sizzling sex scene
- to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
- informal to be very hot
- informal to be very angry
- a hissing sound
Word Origin and History for sizzling
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.