• To make a hissing or sputtering sound.
  • To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning.
  • A failure.
  • 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.
  • 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 <em>out</em>: as, the undertaking promised well, but it soon <em>fizzled out</em>; nearly the whole class <em>fizzled</em> in calculus.
  • To break wind.
  • In school and college slang, to examine (a student) with the result of failure on his part: as, the professor <em>fizzled</em> nearly the whole class.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="fizz">fizz</internalXref>, 2.
  • A fizzling or fizzing condition; hence, a state of restless agitation; a stew; worry: as, he is in a <em>fizzle</em> about his luggage.
  • A breaking wind.
  • A failure or an abortive effort; in particular, in school and college slang, a failure in a recitation or an examination.
  • To make a hissing sound.
  • To make a ridiculous failure in an undertaking, especially after a good start; to achieve nothing.
  • to fail completely and ridiculously; to prove a failure.
  • A failure or abortive effort; a fiasco.
  • To <xref>sputter</xref> or <xref>hiss</xref>.
  • To <xref>decay</xref> or <xref>die</xref> off to nothing; to <xref>burn</xref> out; to end less successfully than previously hoped.
  • A <xref>spluttering</xref> or <xref>hissing</xref> sound.
  • end weakly
  • a complete failure
  • a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
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