verb (used without object), sizzled, sizzling.
to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.
Informal. to be very hot: It's sizzling out.
Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment: I'm still sizzling over that insult.
verb (used with object), sizzled, sizzling.
to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
a sizzling sound.

1595–1605; imitative; see -le

sizzler, noun
sizzlingly, adverb

1. sputter, spatter, crackle, hiss. Unabridged
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sizzle (ˈsɪzəl)
1.  to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
2.  informal to be very hot
3.  informal to be very angry
4.  a hissing sound
[C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, perhaps a frequentative form of M.E. sissen "hiss, buzz," of imitative origin. The figurative sense is attested from 1859. The noun is first recorded 1823.
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Example sentences
As butter starts to sizzle, add onion and cook until transparent.
Stir and let them sizzle for a few moments to release their aroma.
Volcanoes sizzle as magma, or molten rock, oozes into the gap.
One side would eternally sizzle while the other knew perpetual night.
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