fizzle out

fiz·zle out
F f


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

Definitions of fizzle out words

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

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Origin of fizzle out

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 out


fizzle out 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 out

verb fizzle out

  • cease — If something ceases, it stops happening or existing.
  • dissipate — to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
  • finish — to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.
  • pass — to move past; go by: to pass another car on the road.
  • peter out — to diminish gradually and stop; dwindle to nothing: The hot water always peters out in the middle of my shower.

Antonyms for fizzle out

verb fizzle out

  • commence — When something commences or you commence it, it begins.
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • improve — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
  • prolong — to lengthen out in time; extend the duration of; cause to continue longer: to prolong one's stay abroad.

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