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[siz-uh l] /ˈsɪz əl/
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.
Origin of sizzle
1595-1605; imitative; see -le
Related forms
sizzler, noun
sizzlingly, adverb
1. sputter, spatter, crackle, hiss. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There were pleasant cracklings of burning pine sticks and the sizzle of frying bacon.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • The stranger broke off an icicle and laid it on the stove to hear it sizzle.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Without asking Penny for anything, he wrapped them in corn meal, salted each fish and let it sizzle in hot butter.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • He was slowly being cremated and it was fascinating to watch him sizzle.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Then he took the wet seaweed and threw it into the fireplace, where it began to sizzle and steam.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for sizzle


verb (intransitive)
to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
(informal) to be very hot
(informal) to be very angry
a hissing sound
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sizzle

c.1600, "to burn with a hissing sound," perhaps a frequentative form of Middle English sissen "hiss, buzz" (c.1300), of imitative origin. The figurative sense is attested from 1859. Related: Sizzled; sizzling. The noun is first recorded 1823.

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

size queen

noun phrase

A homosexual who is particularly and nearly exclusively concerned with the length of penises (1972+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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