Definition of sizzle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsizəl/


[no object]
1(Of food) make a hissing sound when frying or cooking: the bacon began to sizzle in the pan
More example sentences
  • By the time my dad woke up and walked into the kitchen I had a frying pan with bacon and sausage sizzling on one ring of the range, and another with four eggs frying.
  • We can smell bacon and beans sizzling on an open fire next to a chuck wagon.
  • The grapes sizzled, sputtered, and melted into syrup, basting and braising the sausages in their bubbling juices.
crackle, frizzle, sputter, spit
1.1 informal Be very hot: we sizzled in blazing sunshine this week
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  • Yesterday's sizzling temperatures look set to continue for at least the next few days, with forecasters predicting highs of 90F in many Yorkshire cities today and tomorrow.
  • Saturday's sizzling temperature - 43°C in Lismore - made conditions difficult.
  • Dave Strachan is one of 22 forecasters at the Met Office in Stockport behind the predictions of blue skies and sizzling temperatures.
extremely hot, unbearably hot, blazing, burning, scorching, sweltering, broiling, blistering
informal boiling (hot), baking (hot)
1.2 informal Be very exciting or passionate, especially sexually: they simply sizzle as their affair develops
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  • Now can I just say that if you are getting down with it on a regular basis and the passion is sizzling, then you can't really be having a problem in your marriage then can you?
passionate, torrid, ardent, lustful, erotic
informal steamy, hot


[in singular]
1A hissing sound, as of food frying or cooking: the sizzle of hot dogs
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  • Two hours later I heard the sizzle of food being cooked.
  • From over the noise of hammering and the sizzle of molten metal striking water, he heard a faint answering call.
  • The noise in the kitchen was almost deafening, filled with the shouts of cooks, the clatter of pans, the hissing sizzle of some food deep-frying.
1.1 informal A state or quality of great excitement or passion: a dance routine with lots of sizzle
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  • It's just amazing that a station wagon can pack so much sizzle and excitement in its look and stance.
  • She is known for stories with strong visual narratives, interesting secondary characters, accurate historical detail and love scenes with lots of sizzle.
  • They may not be glamorous or have a lot of sizzle, but they work.



Pronunciation: /ˈsiz(ə)lər/
Example sentences
  • Continental grills, which are served as sizzlers include ‘barbecued spring chicken’, made of tender chicken, grilled fish, grilled spare-ribs and ‘Green pepper steak’.
  • We also travelled to Mumbai and Pune in search of the perfect sizzlers.
  • For a province that features steak and eggs before 11 a.m. on more than a few menus, you'd expect to smell your fair share of sizzlers around the neighbourhood.


Early 17th century: imitative.

Words that rhyme with sizzle

chisel, drizzle, fizzle, frizzle, grizzle, mizzle, swizzle, twizzle

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Syllabification: siz·zle

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