Definition of fizzle in English:

fizzle

Syllabification: fiz·zle
Pronunciation: /ˈfizəl
 
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verb

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1End or fail in a weak or disappointing way: their threatened revolt fizzled out at yesterday’s meeting
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  • People associated with the tourist trade say that the tourist boom has fizzled out and occupancy rate has fallen to eight to ten per cent.
  • During the final half-hour, it fizzled out as a contest, neither side able to break the deadlock.
  • But these movements all fizzled out, for two reasons.
Synonyms
peter out, die off, ease off, cool off, flatline;
tail off, wither away, wind down
1.1Make a feeble hissing or spluttering sound: the strobe lights fizzled and flickered
More example sentences
  • The lights fizzled, and then a loud snap reached everyone's ears and the light just above Darren's head jerked and fell downward in a wild dance.
  • Just that quick the light fizzled and she was back in the hall.
  • She lost her race with the lights though, as the last one, far down the path from where she was, flickered twice and fizzled.
Synonyms
crackle, buzz, hiss, fizz, crepitate

noun

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1A failure: in the end the fireworks were a fizzle
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  • So, to revise the theme of the day, it's a day of fizzles.
Synonyms
informal flop, washout, letdown, dead loss, snafu
1.1A feeble hissing or spluttering sound: the electric fizzle of the waves
More example sentences
  • For a second there was only the electric fizzle, the sounds of hospital life going on in the background.
  • A fizzle sounded, and everybody turned their heads.
  • There was a fizzle, and then a pop, and finally a clattering ring.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'break wind quietly'): probably imitative (compare with fizz), but perhaps related to Middle English fist (see feisty). Current senses date from the 19th century.

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