Definition of sizzle in English:

sizzle

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of food) make a hissing sound when frying or cooking.

    ‘the bacon began to sizzle in the pan’
    • ‘He has never eaten meat (or anything connected to it) his entire life. I asked him if he gets hungry when he smells hamburger or steak sizzling, and he said no.’
    • ‘This dish consisted of cubes of fresh tuna almost sizzling in a tangy sauce of tomatoes, red and green peppers, onions, garlic and potatoes, with a hint of wine to give it added zest.’
    • ‘He carries on conversations with everybody, tools in hand, one eye always on the manly meats sizzling under his command.’
    • ‘The mushrooms sizzled invitingly as Kathryn tucked into a garlic-soaked slice of Italian bread.’
    • ‘Large sausages sizzled in a covered tray, and at the end of the line was a stack of hot buttered toast.’
    • ‘The brownish mush in the pan was beginning to sizzle.’
    • ‘The grapes sizzled, sputtered, and melted into syrup, basting and braising the sausages in their bubbling juices.’
    • ‘The weather was good as the steaks sizzled away on the giant barbeque grills along side baked jacket potatoes.’
    • ‘We hear sizzling and other happy sounds emanating from the kitchen.’
    • ‘Bacon is sizzling in the pan, and toast pops up from the toaster.’
    • ‘By the time my dad woke up and walked into the kitchen I had a frying pan with bacon and sausage sizzling on one ring of the range, and another with four eggs frying.’
    • ‘Heat until the butter sizzles and is the colour of hazelnuts.’
    • ‘There was a pad of sausage and bacon, sizzling on an open grill, setting off the smell of sweet scented pork.’
    • ‘Bacon is sizzling in the pan, scrabbled eggs are on and the champagne is ready to be uncorked.’
    • ‘We can smell bacon and beans sizzling on an open fire next to a chuck wagon.’
    • ‘And I promise there is no finer aroma than breakfast bacon and eggs sizzling contentedly in a pan as you take the first, fresh look at the day over England's finest countryside or seascapes.’
    • ‘Cast iron pots and pans steamed and sizzled on the wood-fired stovetop.’
    • ‘The showers have paused and the sun brushes the patio as the steaks and sausages sizzle on the grill.’
    • ‘The bap was delivered to our table with the bacon still sizzling from the pan.’
    • ‘If the butter sizzles loudly and melts and bubbles quickly, the pan is ready.’
    crackle, frizzle, sputter, hiss, spit, fry
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    1. 1.1informal Be very hot.
      ‘we sizzled in blazing sunshine this week’
      • ‘Yesterday's sizzling temperatures look set to continue for at least the next few days, with forecasters predicting highs of 90F in many Yorkshire cities today and tomorrow.’
      • ‘Could bubbles be the way to go when it's sizzling outdoors?’
      • ‘As youngsters, they can even handle the heat of California's sizzling San Bernardino and Imperial valleys.’
      • ‘Dave Strachan is one of 22 forecasters at the Met Office in Stockport behind the predictions of blue skies and sizzling temperatures.’
      • ‘It's summer down here at the moment & it's sizzling hot!’
      • ‘Saturday's sizzling temperature - 43°C in Lismore - made conditions difficult.’
      • ‘Well, seething, sizzling and scorching, soaring temperatures are causing another day of misery across much of the country.’
    2. 1.2informal Be very exciting or passionate, especially sexually.
      ‘they simply sizzle as their affair develops’
      • ‘Now can I just say that if you are getting down with it on a regular basis and the passion is sizzling, then you can't really be having a problem in your marriage then can you?’

noun

  • 1[in singular] A hissing sound, as of food frying or cooking.

    ‘the sizzle of hot dogs’
    • ‘Long summer nights can be vastly improved by the addition of a slow sizzle and clouds of aromatic smoke, no matter what the neighbours might think.’
    • ‘First there was a sizzle, and then, when the batter had succumbed to the intense heat from the gas flame below, only a few intermittent whistles escaped along with wisps of fragrant vapor.’
    • ‘Quickly he smoked it until it was just a butt, which he tossed into the toilet bowl where it extinguished with a sizzle.’
    • ‘Two hours later I heard the sizzle of food being cooked.’
    • ‘Ashwood instinctively tossed the cigarette to the ground ignoring the sizzle as it landed in a puddle at his feet.’
    • ‘One last stir over maximum heat to restore the sizzle and the meat was ready to turn straight onto heated plates.’
    • ‘She goes into the kitchen and I hear the sizzle of ham competing with the murmur of talk from the other room where I've already heard a fellow praying, leading prayer.’
    • ‘Be sure to admire the crown of mussels, and listen for the sizzle before digging in.’
    • ‘Heat on top of the stove to a good sizzle, season well and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.’
    • ‘From over the noise of hammering and the sizzle of molten metal striking water, he heard a faint answering call.’
    • ‘The noise in the kitchen was almost deafening, filled with the shouts of cooks, the clatter of pans, the hissing sizzle of some food deep-frying.’
    • ‘There was a sizzle as Jack poured the batter onto the griddle.’
    1. 1.1informal A state or quality of great excitement or passion.
      ‘a dance routine with lots of sizzle’
      • ‘In a place dominated by Olympic-sized egos, he was always one of the quiet ones, a guy without much sizzle, the kind of guy most of us in the news media usually ignored.’
      • ‘Because I saw it piece by piece, it lost some of its sizzle, but I still thought it was a good movie.’
      • ‘A good issue, but this is not a magazine with a lot of sizzle and budget so it can't help but feel like a beefed up fanzine at times.’
      • ‘But what good reporting lacks in sizzle is made up for in authenticity.’
      • ‘I can promise members that there is no sizzle about this bill.’
      • ‘Yes, the team can run the ball, but there isn't much sizzle in the passing game.’
      • ‘For all its sizzle, it has, after twelve years, been unable to become much more than a rich man's diversion.’
      • ‘Lisa's vivacity and sense of humour help put sizzle into this segment.’
      • ‘She is known for stories with strong visual narratives, interesting secondary characters, accurate historical detail and love scenes with lots of sizzle.’
      • ‘His speed and fresh legs will bring some much-needed sizzle to the offense.’
      • ‘Plasma TVs dazzled us last year, but they've lost their sizzle.’
      • ‘We live in an age of sizzle over substance, of hyping everything to the point of utter annoyance.’
      • ‘One way to add some sizzle to your products is to tie them to a trend - even when it's based on a product that's not your own.’
      • ‘The problem was, like every other guy she'd dated in the past fifteen years, there'd been no sizzle between them.’
      • ‘A way of adding extra sizzle without increasing credit risk is to invest in local currency issues.’
      • ‘It's just amazing that a station wagon can pack so much sizzle and excitement in its look and stance.’
      • ‘Why not put some extra sizzle into this season's holiday?’
      • ‘They may not be glamorous or have a lot of sizzle, but they work.’
      • ‘It is short on sizzle, but generous with the steak.’
      • ‘A famous scene between them intercuts their developing romance with fireworks and is pure sizzle.’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

sizzle

/ˈsizəl/