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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)



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