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sizzle

[siz-uh l] /ˈsɪz əl/
verb (used without object), sizzled, sizzling.
1.
to make a hissing sound, as in frying or burning.
2.
Informal. to be very hot:
It's sizzling out.
3.
Informal. to be very angry; harbor deep resentment:
I'm still sizzling over that insult.
verb (used with object), sizzled, sizzling.
4.
to fry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound:
to sizzle steaks on the grill; The sun sizzles the pavement.
noun
5.
a sizzling sound.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; imitative; see -le
Related forms
sizzler, noun
sizzlingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. sputter, spatter, crackle, hiss.
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Examples from the web for sizzling
  • And sizzling spills in the ten-ton ladle a golden water of molten steel.
  • The scent of garlic sizzling in a skillet always makes your mouth water.
  • Heat the pan over medium-high heat until a small dollop of batter dropped in makes a sizzling noise.
  • The sizzling duo, about seven or eight times as hot as the sun, dominates its neighborhood.
  • The tires pinwheeled in the olive-colored slop, and the truck waddled into place, dripping and sizzling.
  • Any flavor more dainty than a chunk of sizzling pork, with a pad of browned fat and skin, would be lost in the rich flow of beer.
  • Listen for sizzling to calm down and look for the bottom edges of the patty to change color.
  • The pitch of the simmer will rise, and you will hear the faintest hint of a sizzle, and sizzling is bad in risotto.
  • With co-operation expected from two insiders already in custody, the trial could be sizzling.
  • The market continued growing, but not at the sizzling pace they had originally expected.
British Dictionary definitions for sizzling

sizzle

/ˈsɪzəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat
2.
(informal) to be very hot
3.
(informal) to be very angry
noun
4.
a hissing sound
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin. Compare siss (now dialect) to hiss, West Frisian size, siizje. See also fizz and fizzle

sizzling

/ˈsɪzlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely hot
2.
very passionate or erotic: a sizzling sex scene
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Word Origin and History for sizzling

sizzle

v.

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 sizzling

sizzling

adjective

Hot, in any sense: sell some of the sizzling green at a discount (1845+)


sizzle

noun

Persuasive pressure; heat: That's the sizzle (1980s+)

verb

fry


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