Definition of fizz in US English:



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  • 1(of a liquid) produce bubbles of gas and make a hissing sound.

    ‘the mixture fizzed like mad’
    • ‘‘Mom won't know I took it,’ she thought as she popped the top and it fizzed.’
    • ‘Lancaster suddenly realized his soda can was crushed in his hand, and bubbling liquid was fizzing down his wrist onto the leather chair.’
    • ‘It is best consumed when chilled and should foam and fizz like beer.’
    • ‘His glass, in front of the candle, writhing flame visible through the clear liquid, illuminating the bubbles spinning and fizzing their way upward.’
    • ‘It fizzed up over the top, and almost into her lap but she pulled it away so the soda dripped onto the floor.’
    • ‘Trent cried, for the exact moment she turned away, the liquids had started fizzing.’
    • ‘I dropped the bottle at her feet, so the liquid noisily sloshed and fizzed.’
    • ‘As a water droplet hangs from the crack, the carbon dioxide escapes, much as a bottle of sparkling water fizzes when opened.’
    • ‘When iceberg ice melts quickly, the bubbles released from it make a sound like soda water fizzing.’
    • ‘I took a gulp of pop and rubbed my nose to get rid of the bubbles fizzing up there.’
    • ‘The mixture bubbled and fizzed and then, with a defying pop, settled into a cloudy blue potion.’
    • ‘It fizzed; it foamed; it had all the trappings of a real experiment.’
    • ‘When he opened the door and stepped inside, he found a single, steam-clouded room lined with changing stalls, its wooden floor pocked with deep holes fizzing with bubbling water.’
    • ‘It bubbled and fizzed visibly through the sides.’
    • ‘The bubbles from the carbonated soda fizzed unpleasantly in my insides.’
    • ‘The bubbles in the tub popped and fizzed for a few seconds.’
    • ‘Usually I have to kind of force myself to smile, but I suddenly felt strange inside, as if the ice had been melted and the remaining water was fizzing.’
    • ‘The liquid around it fizzed and crackled, sparks flashing through the mixture.’
    • ‘Nathaniel handed Davis a small vile of clear liquid, bubbles fizzing and popping at the top.’
    • ‘The waters the ship sank into were now bubbling and fizzing with charred metal.’
    effervesce, sparkle, bubble, froth, foam, seethe
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    1. 1.1 Make a buzzing or crackling sound.
      ‘lightning starts to crackle and fizz’
      • ‘The 2-1 defeat was thanks in no small part to the backing of a home crowd that fizzed and crackled into the night sky.’
      • ‘His head filled with buzzes, clicks, pops, fizzes, whirs - then, more strangely, with xylophones and the song of whales.’
      • ‘A spark fizzed and crackled, and he stepped into the dark opening, light trailing around him, and flames licking the air behind.’
      • ‘And as a dazzling display of fireworks fizzed and crackled in the night sky, a theatrical snow storm added an instant touch of winter to the delight of hundreds of wide-eyed youngsters.’
      • ‘I quickly sat before the fiery red of my flush could be exposed to the entire cafeteria, who only just then were beginning to talk again, the buzz of gossip fizzing on my ears.’
      • ‘The only light was from a fizzing yellow overhead lamp that cast a golden glow on Samantha's head.’
      • ‘The machines' circuits fizzed and cracked, and finally gave in.’
      • ‘His jaw was parted wide, and a fizzing crackle hummed from within his throat, like the beginning of a patchy radio transmission.’
      • ‘The bulb, the standard on its side, fizzed and cracked.’
      crackle, sputter, buzz, hiss, fizzle, crack
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    2. 1.2with adverbial Move with or display excitement, exuberance, or liveliness.
      ‘anticipation began to fizz through his veins’
      • ‘I sprung for the corridor thankfully and hastily when the doors hissed open, my head still fizzing with the annoying sound of their girlish chatter.’
      • ‘Something inside of me started fizzing, bubbling up inside of me.’
      • ‘He would sometimes drift off to sleep with these ideas fizzing and bubbling around in the deep drink of his mind.’
      • ‘Stewart is positively fizzing with excitement.’
      • ‘Elation seemed to bubble and fizz in my throat, and I could only giggle like a silly little girl.’
      • ‘This raw spectacle overflows with fizzing stories which unveil the chaotic comedy and tragedy behind a flawed wedding reception.’
      • ‘Inside she felt like she was fizzing, so many bubble's rising up were rising up now she felt like she might pop.’
      • ‘The play fizzes with excitement, sex, uncertainty and tragedy as a result.’
      • ‘She crackles and fizzes with energy throughout the play.’
      • ‘I look forward to the candidate meeting I will attend next week - it's sure to be fizzing with excitement!’
      • ‘He is grinning and fizzing and very excited.’
      • ‘Jane and Denise are visibly fizzing over with excitement about their new career.’
      • ‘Players fizzed around the pitch like annoyed wasps, buzzing after the ball (or, more often than not, after the legs of the opposition).’
      • ‘Stella was fizzing around the office like a school chemistry experiment gone mad.’


  • 1Effervescence.

    ‘the champagne had lost its fizz’
    • ‘Spring is the time in her restaurant for rum drinks, cocktails with fruit and drinks with fizz.’
    • ‘The crucial factor in the quality of every sparkling wine is how the fizz is added.’
    • ‘It involves putting yeast and sugar together in a bottle to create fizz.’
    • ‘This has everything I am looking for in a soda: Grapefruit, natural ingredients, the colour pink and a mild fizz.’
    • ‘It seems that the bubbles in such drinks do not simply provide fizz, but change the flavor of the drink as well.’
    • ‘Even there, he says, he heard about his hero only as a chemist - the man who discovered oxygen and invented the use of carbon dioxide to put fizz in drinks.’
    • ‘It's quite fruity with green apple, lemon and a delicate, fine fizz.’
    • ‘Sparkling wines should be served in think glasses with straight side or flutes so that the fizz is preserved.’
    • ‘One expert calls some champagne that spent almost 50 years underwater in the English Channel absolutely fine, though lacking in fizz.’
    • ‘None dared to open the seal and experience the fizz.’
    • ‘The researchers say the same principal applies to any drink that gets its fizz from carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘This is what gives the drink it's fizz and what gives it that lively taste.’
    • ‘It is this escape of carbon dioxide that gives these drinks their fizz.’
    • ‘It's dry with ripe passion fruit and mango flavours finished off with a sherbet fizz.’
    • ‘It isn't the coldness, but the surface of the ice cube itself that creates the fizz.’
    • ‘But now we are starting to think the 6-pack might just be owned by multi-nationals and be unhealthy, fermenting yellow fizz.’
    • ‘Sparkling water is not so harmful because it contains no sugar and the fizz is less concentrated, Mr Robson added.’
    • ‘The fizz in soda pop is carbon dioxide dissolved in water.’
    • ‘Champagne is supposed to be for romance, I guess because nothing says love like fizz up your nose.’
    • ‘They are able to keep the fizz inside because the contents of the can are under higher pressure.’
    effervescence, sparkle, fizziness, bubbles, bubbliness, gassiness, carbonation, aeration
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    1. 1.1informal An effervescent drink, especially sparkling wine.
      ‘a bottle of grapefruit fizz’
      • ‘We passed on a sweet and ordered a second bottle of fizz instead.’
      • ‘I could have stayed there all day, sipping fizz, denting my credit card irreparably and ruining family relations forever.’
      • ‘No one would be surprised if he chose to celebrate the event with a glass of home-grown fizz.’
      • ‘If you're strapped for cash you could try a less expensive bottle of fizz.’
      • ‘Tough life, you're probably thinking: he gets to drink fizz all day at someone else's expense.’
      • ‘Would you believe in this country we sell 35 million bottles of fizz per year?’
      • ‘The sister is planning a visit at the weekend bringing no less than six bottles of wine and fizz for my professional scrutiny.’
      • ‘So even when good local fizz came on to the market, the French had been established at the top for some time, and they intended to keep it that way.’
      • ‘With candles all around the bathroom and a glass of fizz in hand, it was the perfect place to drift off and forget about the outside world.’
      • ‘For me fizz, preferably champagne and preferably drunk out of doors, takes the place of lager and there is still plenty of cut-price choice around.’
      • ‘Far better than any of the cheap, mean, dry fizz.’
      • ‘It would be difficult to take your bottle of fizz onto the terrace as the review suggests, however, because the bar does not have a terrace.’
      • ‘Now he is opening his own champagne shop and café where people can sit and enjoy a glass of his finest fizz at £4.50 a pop.’
      • ‘But it was a beautiful evening, so we sat with our fizz at a table outside and watched the sky dim.’
      • ‘But do please help yourself to a glass of fizz.’
      • ‘Salmon pink and beautifully delicate, this fizz has subtle, fruity aromas and strawberry ice-lolly flavours without the sweetness.’
      • ‘Afterwards about 30 of us went to an Italian deli for pasta, tiramisu and non-stop fizz.’
      • ‘It was bad enough having to keep her upright what with all that free fizz but once Frank spotted the guest of honour things went from bad to worse.’
      • ‘‘It is lovely, really nice and warm,’ she said, clutching a goblet of fizz.’
      • ‘English fizz is a home-produced wine that you can drink without wincing or blushing.’
      sparkling wine, champagne
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    2. 1.2 A buzzing or crackling sound.
      ‘the fizz of 300 sparklers’
      crackle, crackling, buzz, buzzing, hiss, hissing, sizzle, sizzling, crack, sputter, white noise
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    3. 1.3 Exuberance or liveliness.
      ‘she saw I had lost some of my fizz’
      • ‘Because they never built the show up to a proper climax, this may have contributed to the lack of fizz in the audience.’
      • ‘All the fizz - such as it is - comes from the market-based think tanks.’
      • ‘Alas, they have more sax than sex appeal and typify the surprising lack of fizz in their staccato union of song, dance and clipped dialogue.’
      • ‘All either manager cared about was the lack of fizz in a first half which dragged by.’
      • ‘You want all the fizz of high fashion, and you want it now.’
      • ‘This film is about a married couple that is nearly perfect on the surface, but has lost some of the fizz underneath.’
      • ‘A veritable fizz and sense of revival wafted up and down the Harrogate International Centre's famous circular stairway.’
      • ‘But then a few innings into it, he loses his fizz and is like one of the has-beens.’
      • ‘And, adding fizz to the weekend was a dazzling catwalk.’
      • ‘It seems to be one of those words of rock 'n' roll origin that describes the ‘stuff’ inside a person that gives them that extra bit of fizz and sparkle and swagger to get through life.’
      • ‘By then the fizz was largely gone from the home team and the Irish supporters left the ground as they had entered it.’
      • ‘His writing in the 60s which I read in my late schooldays had the urgent fizz of newly discovered and prohibited drugs.’
      • ‘Some kids from the audience joined her on the stage and tried to add fizz.’
      • ‘But he has also restored some of fizz to Budget Day.’
      • ‘It's got some fizz and fun, but looks oddly dated in an 1980s way that hasn't yet become classic.’
      • ‘If we went in at too high a rate, we could face permanent deflationary pressure, taking the fizz out of what is currently the most buoyant large economy in Europe.’
      • ‘Palpably lacking in fizz, it took some 26 minutes for a shot on goal from either side, another minute before we had one on target.’
      ebullience, exuberance, liveliness, life, vivacity, animation, vigour, brio, energy, verve, dash, spirit, sparkle, enthusiasm, buoyancy, jauntiness, zest
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Mid 17th century: imitative.