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Definition of "fizzle" []

  • To make a hissing or sputtering sound. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal A failure; a fiasco. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fizzle" in a sentence
  • "The current market fizzle is an epiphenomenon this time around."
  • "It is possible that the explosive yield was so low because North Korea made a mistake in their design or construction (a so-called "fizzle" -- though one that would still excavate a hundred-meter crater in a major city), or it is possible that they were intentionally trying to build a low-mass weapon that they could put on top of a missile."
  • "A test is described as a fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield."