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  • IPA(key): /fɹɪz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪz

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frysen, from Old French friser, frizer (to frizzle, crisp, curl, ruffle, braid, touch lightly, graze, scratch), of Germanic origin, perhaps via Old Frankish *fris (curl), from Proto-Germanic *frisaz (frizzy, curly). Cognate with Old Frisian frisle, frēsle ("the hair of the head, lock of hair, curl, ringlet"; > North Frisian friessle, fressle (hair, horse's tail), West Frisian frisseljen (braid of hair, braid)), Old English frīs (crisped, curled).


frizz (third-person singular simple present frizzes, present participle frizzing, simple past and past participle frizzed)

  1. (intransitive) Of hair, to form into a mass of tight curls.
  2. (transitive) To curl; to make frizzy.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Samuel Pepys
      with her hair frizzed short up to her ears
    • 1937, John Betjeman, Slough
      In labour-saving homes, with care, / Their wives frizz out peroxide hair.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs; []
  3. To form into little burs, knobs, or tufts, as the nap of cloth.
  4. To make (leather) soft and of even thickness by rubbing, as with pumice stone or a blunt instrument.
  5. To fry, cook, or sear with a sizzling noise; to sizzle.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fryse, from the verb. See above.


frizz (countable and uncountable, plural frizzes)

  1. A mass of tightly curled or unruly hair.

Further reading[edit]

  • frizz in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • frizz at OneLook Dictionary Search



English frizz


frizz m (uncountable)

  1. frizz (of hair)