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 (1633-1703)
      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, An Autobiography, 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; []
  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 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, New York: The Century Co., 1911
  • frizz at OneLook Dictionary Search
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