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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fiz-uh l]
    • /ˈfɪz əl/
    • /ˈfɪz.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fiz-uh l]
    • /ˈfɪz əl/

Definitions of fizzle word

  • verb without object fizzle to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly. 1
  • verb without object fizzle Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out): The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership. 1
  • noun fizzle a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering. 1
  • noun fizzle Informal. a failure; fiasco. 1
  • noun fizzle End or fail in a weak or disappointing way. 1
  • intransitive verb fizzle hiss, fizz 1

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Origin of fizzle

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; earlier fysel to break wind, frequentative of *fise < Old Norse fīsa to break wind; akin to feist

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Parts of speech for Fizzle


fizzle popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for fizzle

verb fizzle

  • misfire — (of a rifle or gun or of a bullet or shell) to fail to fire or explode.
  • wane — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  • abort — If an unborn baby is aborted, the pregnancy is ended deliberately and the baby is not born alive.
  • peter out — to diminish gradually and stop; dwindle to nothing: The hot water always peters out in the middle of my shower.
  • fail — to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning.

noun fizzle

  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • nonfulfillment — neglect or failure to fulfill or carry out as required.
  • bringdown — a disappointment
  • frustration — act of frustrating; state of being frustrated: the frustration of the president's efforts.
  • disappointmentCape, a cape in SW Washington state, projecting into the Pacific Ocean on the N of the mouth of the Columbia River.

Antonyms for fizzle

verb fizzle

  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • achieve — If you achieve a particular aim or effect, you succeed in doing it or causing it to happen, usually after a lot of effort.
  • succeed — to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
  • begin — To begin to do something means to start doing it.

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