Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fizz n.1

1. (also fizz-up) a fuss, a commotion.

[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker III 204: He was a-gitten into such an almighty frizzle of a fizz.
E. Dyson ‘Two Battlers and a Bear’ in Lone Hand (Sydney) Dec. 152/1: ‘That blighted bear-leader’s got out of hand. What a fizz-up there’d be if this crowd only knew!’.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘The Rathskeller and the Rose’ in Voice of the City (1915) 179: She is in the heyday of flattery, fame and fizz.
[US]J.H. Warner ‘A Word List From Southeast Arkansas’ in AS XIII:1 5: I was in such a fizz that I forgot my gloves.
[UK]J. Cary Horse’s Mouth (1948) 86: He was in such a fizz that he couldn’t contain himself.

2. animal spirits, raw energy.

[UK]E.J. Milliken Childe Chappie’s Pilgrimage 10: Life’s fizz till the last bubble’s gone!
[UK]Dly Teleg. 30 Dec. 8/5: ‘There was no fizz in him [...] She liked a yob with a thirst on him and a pair o’ knuckles and a voice.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 61: There wasn’t no fizz in him.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 398/2: from ca. 1850.
[NZ]‘A.P. Gaskell’ ‘Tidings of Joy’ in Big Game and Stories 39: It took all the fizz out of me.
[Ire](con. 1940s) S. McAughtry Sinking of the Kenbane Head 92: Not even John Wayne [...] and the whole US Marine Corps could have put any fizz into Halifax.
[UK]Guardian G2 30 June 15: Why not harness the school’s fizz.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 18 Mar. 85: ‘Panache’, I continue, ‘bazazz – you know, sparkle, fizz.’.

3. (also fiz, fizzer, fizzly, pfiz, phiz, phizz water) champagne; occas. lemonade and ginger beer mixed.

[UK]Comic Almanack Mar. 50: [illus. by George Cruikshank; a champagne bottle speaks] I will speak out! – I don’t care a fizz for old Father Mathew or anybody.
[Aus]‘A. Pendragon’ Queen of the South 79: What with hot drinks through the night, and cool ‘fizzers’ in the morning, bad luck to a ha’porth of grog or lemonade will be left to the firm.
[UK]Punch XLVII 100: So away we went to supper For hungry we had grown, And ordered some fizz, which the right thing is, With a devilled turkey bone.
[UK] ‘’Arry on His ’Oliday’ in Punch 13 Oct. 161/1: The ‘bitter’ round here is just lummy, and a for their soda-and-B, / It’s ekal to ‘fiz,’ and no error.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Jan. 4/2: A young lady of 74 summers, who had imbibed one glass each of ‘fiz’ and liqueur, remarked, in rather a vacant tone to the host, that the champagne was excellent but the Keroseno (Maraschino) made her feel very peculiar.
[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 8 May 5: [caption] Pot of six sale. Half a quartern. Bottle of Fiz.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) VII 1425: A little more pfiz and we were all on the spree. [Ibid.] IX 1894: I’ll let you look for a minute if you’ll give me a bottle of phiz, I’ve not had a drop of anything to day.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 78: There’ll be a little lunch, and perhaps some fizz.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 31 May 2/3: I was on my uppers, and I couldn’t produce a peg to get a drop of bug juice or a smell of fizz.
[UK]G.R. Sims ‘A Ballad of Soap’ Dagonet Ditties 65: That pint of fizz with Joe, / That big cigar with Fred, / Have wrought dyspeptic woe.
[Aus]Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) 28 Feb. 4/1: He'll never refuse if you ask him to dine, / When your Turkey and Phiz he will shunt.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 4 Mar. 1/6: Much fizz and plenty prog.
[UK]Star (Canterbury) 24 Apr. 2/6: A pint of fizz, coffee, liqueur, and a Henry Clay to follow.
[UK]‘Pot’ & ‘Swears’ Scarlet City 86: Fizz, gooseberry, B. and S., gingerbeer, whisky, or sherbet?
[US]Ade People You Know 210: When he wanted her to take some of the Phizz Water she made an Awful Stand.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Sept. 1/4: A Mulga magnate makes the dollars fly when in town [...] his ‘fiz’ bill already runs to three figures.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Dec. 4/8: Round to the pub, with a roar and whizz, / Rolled ice and asparagus, turkey and fizz.
[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 99: With his second glass of fizz Sir Peter began to thaw a little.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘When The Cranks Have Had Their Way’ Sporting Times 16 May 1/4: What! No billing and no cooing, no John Barleycorn, no ‘fizz,’ / No hilarity, no music, sport nor play! / Then I’m o.p.h.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Feb. 3rd sect. 1/4: The open of the water-sceme was [...] celebrated in fizz and turkey.
[UK]Rollitt & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] I’ve never lost my last train yet [lyrics] I've experienced what it is / To have quaffed a glass of ‘Fizz’.
[UK]R.P. Hamilton diary 14 Aug. [Internet] Had some fizzly with Thorne & Lovibond, who are going on leave.
[UK]J. Buchan Greenmantle (1930) 292: He brought out [...] three bottles of champagne. ‘Fizz,’ said Sandy rapturously. ‘And a dry Heidsieck too!’.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day By Day 25 July [synd. col.] It might be imagined that most of them [i.e. ‘the rich young bloods of Gotham’] were saturated with fizz water all the time.
[UK]E.F. Benson Queen Lucia (1984) 86: Pass the fizz.
[US]Van Vechten Nigger Heaven 32: Well, boys, just in time for a little fizz-water, Adora cried.
[UK](con. WWI) J.B. Wharton Squad 4: An’ fizz-water costs only five francs a bottle.
[UK]G. Greene Brighton Rock (1943) 39: Ask you round the corner to split a bottle of fizz if those beggars hadn’t taken the last fiver.
[UK]S. Jackson An Indiscreet Guide to Soho 107: The only props are plenty of ‘fizz’.
[NZ]‘A.P. Gaskell’ ‘School Picnic’ in Big Game and Stories 89: We gotta hundred fizz [...] And straws.
[UK]W. Eyster Far from the Customary Skies 61: I figure the last night ashore oughta be something worth remembering [...] You know, fizz, a snazzy band, a dame that can dress.
[US]Frank Zappa ‘You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here’ [lyrics] Stomp all night / And drink your fizz.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett White Shoes 81: [He] returned with a bottle of ’71 Moët [...] ‘Want a glass of fizz, Les?’.
[UK](con. 1860s) P. Ackroyd Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem 81: She [...] came back with a bag of monkey nuts and a bottle of lemon fizz.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] Lareina nodded to the bottle of cheap fizz.
[UK]Eve. Standard Mag. 23 Feb. 42: Securing me enough cash for a bottle of fizz.
[UK]Sun. Times Mag. 19 Dec. 9/1: Mum would arrive with [...] some fizz and a French cigarette in her mouth.

4. attrib. use of sense 3 .

[Aus]R.D. Doughty diary 11 May [Internet] Major, Chas and I had a Fizz Supper. Glorious war this.

5. (also fizz water) sparkling water; soda water; lemonade.

[UK]R.P. Hamilton diary 11 May [Internet] Tea at a cake-shop and some (fizz) lemonade at an open-air café.
[US]H.W. Bentley ‘Linguistic Concoctions of the Soda Jerker’ in AS XI:1 43: FIZZ. Carbonated water.
M. Marples Public School Slang 65: Lemonade and other aerated drinks are usually pop orfizzz.
[US]J.M. Cain Mildred Pierce (1985) 373: He put in ice and fizz water.
[US]H. Miller Sexus (1969) 108: Squirting the fizz water into glasses.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 26 Jan. 1: To find out more about the history of Barr’s soft drinks [...] typing in the keyword ‘fizz’ to the main catalogue.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 10 June 20: I’m sure you’ll want to know the hot news from the fizz biz.

6. sherbet.

[Ire]H. Leonard A Life (1981) Act II: An’ the fizz-bags the chiselurs could buy for a ha’penny.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

fizzboat (n.)

(N.Z.) a small noisy speedboat.

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 78: fizzboat A small, flimsy, noisy boat with an outboard motor owned, not surprisingly, by a fizzboater. Latter C20.
fizz water (n.)

see sense 4 above.