Originally an East Anglian word. Either from a variant of the now obsolete fazle (“to unravel”), altered due to influence from fray, or from a blend of fazle and fray. fazle comes from earlier fasel, which was inherited from Middle English facelyn (“[of the end of a rope, or of cloth] to unravel”). Middle English facelyn was a verbal derivative of the noun fasylle (“frayed edge”), which was in turn a derivative (with the diminutive suffix -el) of Old English fæs (“fringe, border”), from Proto-West Germanic *fas, from Proto-Germanic *fasōn.
- (transitive) To fray or wear down, especially at the edges.
- The new puppy has been chewing on everything, and my favorite afghan has become frazzled.
- 1887, Joel Chandler Harris, Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches
- Her hair was of a reddish-gray color, and its frazzled and tangled condition suggested that the woman had recently passed through a period of extreme excitement.
- (transitive) To drain emotionally or physically.
- After dealing with the children all day, I just can't help feeling frazzled.
- (transitive) to burn
frazzle (plural frazzles)
- (informal) A burnt fragment; a cinder or crisp.
- The bacon was burned to a frazzle.
- (informal) The condition or quality of being frazzled; a frayed end.