Fizzle



[fiz-uh l] /ˈfɪz əl/

verb (used without object), fizzled, fizzling.
1.
to make a hissing or sputtering sound, especially one that dies out weakly.
2.
Informal. to fail ignominiously after a good start (often followed by out):
The reform movement fizzled out because of poor leadership.
noun
3.
a fizzling, hissing, or sputtering.
4.
Informal. a failure; fiasco.
/ˈfɪzəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to make a hissing or bubbling sound
2.
(often foll by out) (informal) to fail or die out, esp after a promising start
noun
3.
a hissing or bubbling sound; fizz
4.
(informal) an outright failure; fiasco
v.

1530s, “to break wind without noise,” probably altered from obsolete fist, from Middle English fisten “break wind” (see feisty) + frequentative suffix -le. Related: Fizzled; fizzling.

Noun sense of “failure, fiasco” is from 1846, originally U.S. college slang for “failure in an exam.” Barnhart says it is “not considered as derived from the verb.” The verb in this sense is from 1847.

noun

: Our monster bash was a fizzle

verb

To fail; lose effect; flop, peter out: I bail out of all my commitments and things fizzle

[1840s+ College students; fr the lackluster sibilance of a damp firecracker]

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