Fume vs Fizz - What's the difference?

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Fume is a related term of fizz.

As verbs the difference between fume and fizz

is that fume is to while fizz is to emit bubbles.

As a noun fizz is

an emission of a rapid stream of bubbles.




(en noun)
  • A gas or vapour/vapor that smells strongly or is dangerous to inhale. Fumes are solid particles formed by condensation from the gaseous state, e.g. metal oxides from volatilized metals. They can flocculate and coalesce. Their particle size is between 0.1 and 1 micron. (A micron is one millionth of a metre)
  • Don't stand around in there breathing the fumes while the adhesive cures.
  • * T. Warton
  • the fumes of new shorn hay
  • A material that has been vaporized from the solid state to the gas state and re-coalesced to the solid state.
  • Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of self-control.
  • the fumes of passion
  • Anything unsubstantial or airy; idle conceit; vain imagination.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • a show of fumes and fancies
  • The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.
  • * Burton
  • to smother him with fumes and eulogies


  • To emit fumes.
  • * Milton
  • where the golden altar fumed
  • * Roscommon
  • Silenus lay, / Whose constant cups lay fuming to his brain.
  • To expose something (especially wood) to ammonia fumes in order to produce dark tints.
  • To feel or express great anger.
  • He's still fuming about the argument they had yesterday.
  • * Dryden
  • He frets, he fumes , he stares, he stamps the ground.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Her mother did fret, and her father did fume .
  • To be as in a mist; to be dulled and stupefied.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Keep his brain fuming .
  • To pass off in fumes or vapours.
  • * Cheyne
  • Their parts are kept from fuming away by their fixity.

    Usage notes

    * In the sense of strong-smelling or dangerous vapor, the noun is typically plural, as in the example. ----




  • An emission of a rapid stream of bubbles.
  • I poured a cola and waited for the fizz to settle down before topping off the glass.
  • The sound of such an emission.
  • Evan sat back in the hot tub and listened to the relaxing fizz and pops produced by the eruption of bubbles.
  • A carbonated beverage.
  • Nathan ordered an orange fizz from the soda jerk at the counter.


    * (emission of bubbles) effervescence, foam, froth, head * (sound of bubbles) bubble, fizzle, hiss, sputter * (carbonated beverage) pop, seltzer, soda, tonic


  • To emit bubbles.
  • To make a rapid hissing or bubbling sound.
  • the fizzing fuse of a bomb
  • To shoot or project something moving at great velocity.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Man City 4 - 3 Wolves , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=And just before the interval, Kolarov, who was having one of his better games in a City shirt, fizzed in a cracker from 30 yards which the Wolves stopper unconvincingly pushed behind for a corner.}}
  • To travel at a great velocity, producing a sound caused by the speed.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Chelsea 2 -03 Blackburn Rovers , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Terry came close to doubling Chelsea's lead when his header from Lampard's mis-hit volley fizzed inches past the upright.}}


    * (emit bubbles) bubble, effervesce, foam, froth * (make bubbling sound) fizzle, hiss, sizzle, sputter

    Derived terms

    * fizzy