intransitive verb-·zled, -·zling
- to make a hissing or sputtering sound
- Informal to fail, esp. after a successful beginning: often with out
Origin of fizzleMiddle English fesilen, to break wind silently, akin to fisten: see feist
intransitive verbfiz·zled, fiz·zling, fiz·zles
- To make a hissing or sputtering sound.
- Informal To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning.
Origin of fizzleEarly Modern English to break wind without making noise probably from Middle English fise a breaking wind of Scandinavian origin Old Norse fīsa to break wind
(third-person singular simple present fizzles, present participle fizzling, simple past and past participle fizzled)
Attested in English since 1525-35. From earlier fysel (“to fart”). Related to fīsa (“to fart”). Compare with fisa (“to fart (silently)”). See also feist.