Origin of fizzle
- Early 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.