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Attested in English since 1525-35. From earlier fysel (to fart). Related to fīsa (to fart). Compare with Swedish fisa (to fart (silently)). See also feist.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈfɪzəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪzəl


fizzle (third-person singular simple present fizzles, present participle fizzling, simple past and past participle fizzled)

  1. To sputter or hiss.
    The soda fizzled for several minutes after it was poured.
    • Ben Jonson
      It is the easest thing, sir, to be done, / As plain as fizzling.
  2. (figuratively) To decay or die off to nothing; to burn out; to end less successfully than previously hoped.
    The entire project fizzled after the founder quit.
    • 2016 June 27, Daniel Taylor, “England humiliated as Iceland knock them out of Euro 2016”, in The Guardian[1], London:
      And so it fizzled to its close with Gary Cahill galloping around as an extra centre-forward, mutinous chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt,” from the England followers and Hodgson’s media staff announcing he would not take any questions.

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fizzle (plural fizzles)

  1. A spluttering or hissing sound.
  2. Failure of a nuclear bomb to meet its expected yield during testing.
  3. An abortive effort; a flop or dud.
  4. A state of agitation or worry.


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