verb (used without object)

  1. to make a hissing or sputtering sound; effervesce.


  1. a fizzing sound; effervescence.
  2. soda water or other effervescent water.
  3. an iced mixed drink made of liquor, lemon juice, sugar, and soda: gin fizz.
  4. British Informal. champagne.

verb (intr)

  1. to make a hissing or bubbling sound
  2. (of a drink) to produce bubbles of carbon dioxide, either through fermentation or aeration


  1. a hissing or bubbling sound
  2. the bubbly quality of a drink; effervescence
  3. any effervescent drink

1660s, of imitative origin. Related: Fizzed; fizzing. The noun is recorded from 1812; meaning “effervescent drink” is from 1864.

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