fizzle Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
    hissing; hushing; sibilation; hiss.
    • the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience
  2. noun a complete failure
    flop; bust.
    • the play was a dismal flop
  3. verb end weakly
    taper off; peter out; fizzle out.
    • The music just petered out--there was no proper ending


Fiz"zle intransitive verb
See Fizz.
imperfect & past participle Fizzled ; present participle & verbal noun Fizzling
  1. To make a hissing sound.
    It is the easest thinng, sir, to be done, As plain as fizzling. B. Jonson.
  2. To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking. Colloq. or Low
Fiz"zle noun
  1. A failure or abortive effort. Colloq.

Webster 1913