To decay or die off to nothing; to burn out; to end less successfully than previously hoped. (verb)
A spluttering or hissing sound. (noun)
Examples of word fizzle
The current market fizzle is an epiphenomenon this time around.
It is possible that the explosive yield was so low because North Korea made a mistake in their design or construction (a so-called "fizzle" -- though one that would still excavate a hundred-meter crater in a major city), or it is possible that they were intentionally trying to build a low-mass weapon that they could put on top of a missile.
In nuclear parlance, a test is described as a fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield.
A test is described as a fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield.
I can't wait for that "perfect storm" phrase fizzle out like a fart in the wind.