verb (used without object), fizzled, fizzling.
to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly.
Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out ): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.
a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
Informal. a failure; fiasco.

1525–35; earlier fysel to break wind, frequentative of *fise < Old Norse fīsa to break wind; akin to feist

2. miscarry, collapse, founder. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fizzle
World English Dictionary
fizzle (ˈfɪzəl)
1.  to make a hissing or bubbling sound
2.  informal (often foll by out) to fail or die out, esp after a promising start
3.  a hissing or bubbling sound; fizz
4.  informal an outright failure; fiasco
[C16: probably from obsolete fist to break wind]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1530s, "to break wind without noise," probably altered from obsolete fist, from M.E. fisten "break wind" (see feisty). Related: Fizzled; fizzling. Noun sense of "failure, fiasco" is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for "failure in an exam."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The early euphoria could rapidly fizzle into surly disappointment.
Remove any one of the basic components, though, and the fire will either fail
  to ignite or will fizzle out by itself.
With the local elections over, the protests will probably fizzle for a while.
If they stall, the coalition could yet fizzle out in failure.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature