sizzle

[ siz-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪz əl /

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.

Origin of sizzle

1595–1605; imitative; see -le
Related formssiz·zler, nounsiz·zling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sizzling (1 of 2)

sizzling

/ (ˈsɪzlɪŋ) /

adjective

extremely hot
very passionate or erotica sizzling sex scene

British Dictionary definitions for sizzling (2 of 2)

sizzle

/ (ˈsɪzəl) /

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 sizzling

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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