intransitive verb-·zled, -·zling
- to make a hissing sound when in contact with heat, as a drop of water on hot metal
- to be extremely hot
- to be in a state of suppressed emotion or passion; esp., to simmer with rage
Origin of sizzleechoic
intransitive verbsiz·zled, siz·zling, siz·zles
- To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
- To seethe with anger or indignation.
- To be very hot: a summer day that sizzled.
- To be very popular, exciting, or interesting: a movie that sizzled at the box office.
- A hissing sound.
- The appeal of or the excitement generated by a product or service: an advertising campaign that captured the sizzle of the new technology.
Origin of sizzlePerhaps frequentative of Middle English sissen to hiss of imitative origin
(third-person singular simple present sizzles, present participle sizzling, simple past and past participle sizzled)
(countable and uncountable, plural sizzles)