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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.
  3. Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.
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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.
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  1. a sizzling sound.
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Origin of sizzle

1595–1605; imitative; see -le
Related formssiz·zler, nounsiz·zling·ly, adverb


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Historical Examples

  • There was no longer the sound of sizzling steam from the unexplored passage-way.

  • Even on such a day, sizzling work had to be done, as in winter.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • The next instant the blackness of the night was split by a sizzling flame.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Butter was sizzling in the pans and emitting a sharp odor of burnt flour.


    Emile Zola

  • The Martian's weapon and the hand that held it vanished in the sizzling blast.

British Dictionary definitions for sizzling


  1. extremely hot
  2. very passionate or erotica sizzling sex scene
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verb (intr)
  1. to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
  2. informal to be very hot
  3. informal to be very angry
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  1. a hissing sound
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Word Origin

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 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.

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