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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 Proto-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.
    • 1660 December 2 (date written; Gregorian calendar), Samuel Pepys; Mynors Bright, transcriber, “November 22nd, 1660”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys [], volume I, London: George Bell & Sons []; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1893, OCLC 1016700617:
      with her hair frized 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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
  • frizz at OneLook Dictionary Search



Unadapted borrowing from English frizz.


  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈfɾiθ/, [ˈfɾiθ]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈfɾis/, [ˈfɾis]


frizz m (uncountable)

  1. frizz (of hair)
    • 2017 November 25, “La miel de manuka y sus beneficios: qué es, sus mitos y verdades”, in CNN[1]:
      La miel de manuka, aparentemente, también puede aumentar la energía, "desintoxicar" el organismo, reducir el colesterol, evitar la diabetes, mejorar el sueño, tonificar la piel, reducir la pérdida del cabello e incluso prevenir el "frizz" y las puntas abiertas de los cabellos.
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Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.