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[fiz] /fɪz/
verb (used without object)
to make a hissing or sputtering sound; effervesce.
a fizzing sound; effervescence.
soda water or other effervescent water.
an iced mixed drink made of liquor, lemon juice, sugar, and soda:
gin fizz.
British Informal. champagne.
Origin of fizz
1655-65; back formation from fizzle
Related forms
fizzer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fizz
  • He unscrews the cap and lets a few drops leak onto the stone, where they fizz and bubble.
  • Rocks that don't contain calcium carbonate won't fizz.
  • Steve gets the carbonator ready to fizz up homemade citrus soda.
  • Our beer kept well in the refrigerator for months, but the fizz and flavor were at their peak right after bottling.
  • The find could mean an end to more expensive and less-eco-friendly technology currently used to create fizz.
  • They require pops with holographs printed on them, pops that turn their spit into kaleidoscopic fizz.
  • Many premières feel slack and dutiful, but this one had the fizz of a genuine event.
  • Three movies with pop-star leads could give some fizz to the current lackluster release schedule.
  • Or use a soda siphon to give your soup a bit of fizz.
  • Calcite and aragonite are two minerals that will always fizz.
British Dictionary definitions for fizz


verb (intransitive)
to make a hissing or bubbling sound
(of a drink) to produce bubbles of carbon dioxide, either through fermentation or aeration
a hissing or bubbling sound
the bubbly quality of a drink; effervescence
any effervescent drink
Derived Forms
fizzy, adjective
fizziness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for fizz

1660s, of imitative origin. Related: Fizzed; fizzing. The noun is recorded from 1812; meaning "effervescent drink" is from 1864.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fizz



A failure; fizzle: ''It was a big fizz,'' the ambassador said (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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