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Definition of fizzle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fizzle

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fizzle
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzl//
 
he / she / it fizzles
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzlz//
 
past simple fizzled
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzld//
 
past participle fizzled
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzld//
 
-ing form fizzling
BrE BrE//ˈfɪzlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzlɪŋ//
 
 
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when something, especially something that is burning, fizzles, it makes a sound like a long ‘s’ synonym hiss Fireworks fizzled and exploded in the night sky. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘break wind quietly’): probably imitative (compare with fizz), but perhaps related to Middle English fist ‘small dog’, from fisting cur or hound, a derogatory term for a lapdog, from Middle English fist ‘break wind’, of West Germanic origin. Current senses date from the 19th cent. Phrasal Verbsfizzle out
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