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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
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Examples from the web for sizzle
  • 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.
  • Even the emerging world has lost some of its sizzle.
  • One side would eternally sizzle while the other knew perpetual night.
  • Amid sizzle and smoke, a guy is selling grilled tuna cheeks.
  • It is a news story with long shelf life and rare sizzle.
  • The movement gained sizzle through media exposure and word of mouth.
  • Despite much soulful staring into each other's eyes, their lip locks have no sizzle.
  • Most producers understand that when it comes to language, the sizzle has far more appeal than the steak.
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
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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.

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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.
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