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Etymology 1Edit

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.
    • Samuel Pepys
      with her hair frizzed short up to her ears
    • John Betjeman, Slough
      In labour-saving homes, with care, / Their wives frizz out peroxide hair.
  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.
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Etymology 2Edit

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


frizz (uncountable)

  1. A mass of tightly curled or unruly hair.

External linksEdit

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