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fizzle

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪz(ə)l
 
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Definition of fizzle in English:

verb

[no object]
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
1.1End or fail in a weak or disappointing way: their threatened revolt fizzled out at yesterday’s meeting
More example sentences
  • 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, blow over, ease off, cool off, let up;
tail off, taper off, trail away/off, wither away, grind to a halt;
ebb, wane, wilt;
informal flop, fold, flatline
archaic remit

noun

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1A feeble hissing or spluttering sound.
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.
Synonyms
1.1A failure: in the end the fireworks were a fizzle
More example sentences
  • So, to revise the theme of the day, it's a day of fizzles.
Synonyms
failure, fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder;
British damp squib
informal flop, washout, let-down, botch, hash, foul-up, screw-up, dead loss, dead duck, lead balloon, lemon
British informal cock-up, pig's ear
North American informal snafu, clinker
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up

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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  • feisty from (late 19th century):

    A small farting dog is the surprising idea behind the word feisty, meaning ‘spirited and exuberant’. It comes from the earlier and now obsolete word feist or fist meaning ‘small dog’, from fisting cur or fisting hound. This was a derogatory term for a lapdog, deriving from the old verb fist, meaning ‘to break wind’. Fist may also be the source of fizzle, which in the 16th century meant ‘to break wind quietly’. Fart itself goes back to Old English times and was formerly a more respectable word than it is now—Geoffrey Chaucer used it in The Canterbury Tales.

Words that rhyme with fizzle

chisel, drizzle, frizzle, grizzle, mizzle, pizzle, sizzle, swizzle, twizzle

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