from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
- intransitive v. To seethe with anger or indignation.
- intransitive v. To be very hot: a summer day that sizzled.
- n. A hissing sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to make the sound of water hitting a hot surface
- v. to be exciting or dazzling
- n. the sound of water hitting a hot surface
- n. zing, zip, or pizazz; excitement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a hissing sound; to fry, or to dry and shrivel up, with a hissing sound.
- n. A hissing sound, as of something frying over a fire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a hissing or sputtering sound, as a liquid when effervescing or acted on directly by heat; make a sound as of frying.
- To dry and shrivel up with hissing by the action of fire.
- To be very hot, as if hissing or shriveling.
- To dry or burn with or as if with a hissing sound: sometimes followed by up.
- n. A hissing or sputtering sound.
- n. Extreme heat, as of a summer day.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a sound like frying fat
- v. seethe with deep anger or resentment
- n. a sizzling noise
- v. burn or sear with a sizzling sound
Perhaps frequentative of Middle English sissen, to hiss, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)