Etymology 1 Edit
Middle English , from frysen Old French , friser ( frizer “ to frizzle, crisp, curl, ruffle, braid, touch lightly, graze, scratch ”), of origin, perhaps via Old Germanic 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
( intransitive ) Of hair, to form into a mass of tight curls.
( transitive ) To curl; to make frizzy.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
with her hair
frizzed short up to her ears
1937, John Betjeman,
In labour-saving homes, with care, / Their wives
frizz out peroxide hair.
1977, Agatha Christie, , Part II, chapter4:
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; [… ] To form into little burs, knobs, or tufts, as the
nap of cloth. To make (leather) soft and of even thickness by rubbing, as with pumice stone or a blunt instrument.
To fry, cook, or sear with a sizzling noise; to
of hair: to form into a mass of curls
to form into little burs, knobs, or tufts, as the nap of cloth
to make leather soft and of even thickness
Related terms Edit
Etymology 2 Edit
Middle English , from the verb. See above. fryse
frizz ( ) uncountable
A mass of tightly curled or
External links Edit
frizz in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
frizz at OneLook Dictionary Search