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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.

Related to German Faser (fibre).


  • IPA(key): /ˈfræzl̩/
  • Rhymes: -æzəl
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frazzle (third-person singular simple present frazzles, present participle frazzling, simple past and past participle frazzled)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To drain emotionally or physically.
    After dealing with the children all day, I just can't help feeling frazzled.
  3. (transitive) to burn


frazzle (plural frazzles)

  1. (informal) A burnt fragment; a cinder or crisp.
    The bacon was burned to a frazzle.
  2. (informal) The condition or quality of being frazzled; a frayed end.