• WordNet 3.6
    • v fizzle end weakly "The music just petered out--there was no proper ending"
    • n fizzle a complete failure "the play was a dismal flop"
    • n fizzle a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval) "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n fizzle A failure or abortive effort; a fiasco.
    • fizzle To make a hissing sound. "It is the easiest thing, sir, to be done,
      As plain as fizzling ."
    • fizzle To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking, especially after a good start; to achieve nothing. "A four-day rally in stocks fizzled yesterday amid renewed fears that strong economic growth may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fizzle To make a hissing sound; hiss or sputter, as a liquid or gas forced out of a narrow aperture, or a liquid discharging gas, or a wet combustible, as wood or gunpowder, burning: usually with special reference to the weakness and sudden diminution or cessation of such sound.
    • fizzle Hence To stop abruptly after a more or less brilliant start; come to a sudden and lame conclusion; fail ignominiously; specifically, in school and college slang, to fail in a recitation or an examination: often with out: as, the undertaking promised well, but it soon fizzled out; nearly the whole class fizzled in calculus.
    • fizzle To break wind.
    • fizzle In school and college slang, to examine (a student) with the result of failure on his part: as, the professor fizzled nearly the whole class.
    • n fizzle Same as fizz, 2.
    • n fizzle A fizzling or fizzing condition; hence, a state of restless agitation; a stew; worry: as, he is in a fizzle about his luggage.
    • n fizzle A breaking wind.
    • n fizzle A failure or an abortive effort; in particular, in school and college slang, a failure in a recitation or an examination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fizzle to hiss or sputter: to come to a sudden stop, to fail disgracefully
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Fizz
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from the sound.


In literature:

The scene promised to be as big a "fizzle" as the one shot the previous day.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
It thunders in the index and fizzles in the context.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The fireworks were equally successful whether they blazed splendidly or fizzled ingloriously.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Artistically, it was an awful fizzle.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
The much-talked-of reform had ended in a glaring fizzle.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
He has made of his reign a miserable fizzle.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Would it fizzle out.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
The management made a mess of it, as a management usually does, and it fizzled out.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
No matter how much I fizzle, they'll say 'Oh, but it's only Bobby Dane!
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
I've no fear at all of you fizzling out.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Do you mean to tell me the whole damn thing's goin' to fizzle out this way, King?
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
For there were only occasions on which Dr. Slavens admitted himself to be a fizzle in the big fireworks of the world.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
To give an odd function that is not a complete fizzle is a fine art.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
We just can't have a fizzle at the last minute.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
When we tried to take off they just fizzled out their insides.
"Big Pill" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
They fizzle out if they lack the character which the woman admires.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
I have had a fizzle to-night.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
One by one they fizzled and went out.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
There was no time for hesitation, and at once he held the flame to the devil till it smoked and a few grains fizzled.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
Sad how that man has fizzled out!
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

I remember, at the starting, how I tried to freeze again
As I watched them slowly driving down the little crooked lane--
When Annie shouted something that ended in a cry,
And how I tried to whistle and it fizzled in a sigh.
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Jazz fizzle in 96-94 loss to Clippers.
Long's Coaching Search ends With a Fizzle .
Efforts to create an earlier primary in the state Legislature have fizzled tonight after a joint House/Senate conference committee stripped the measure from a broader elections bill.
From Flash to Fizzle .
As Elkhart's Electric Dreams Fizzle , RVs Come Back.
Katy Perry and John Mayer's red-hot romance has fizzled out.
Soaring Fuel Prices and a Fizzling Economy Have Made It a Jungle Out There, But This Year's Winner Is Easy to See for the Trees.
Charlevoix's Up North Fourth fizzles, movies, concerts likely to return.
Times spotlights Michigan's fizzled bid to become film hotbed .
Inconsistent Texans puzzling Rushing game fizzles.
NEW YORK — A two-day rally that sent stocks soaring last week fizzled out Monday.
Suffered a smidge of post-Globes fizzle, thanks to a woeful lack of wins.
Stars Sizzle & Fizzle At Coachella.
Riff rock for riff raff, pop fizzle for the frazzled, chord changes of life for the menopausal teenagers, a safari in the jingle-jangle jungle.
After a strong start to the year, Japan 's recovery from its March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters fizzled as crisis-stricken Europe lost its appetite for Japanese exports of cars and electronics components.