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[friz] /frɪz/
verb (used with or without object)
to form into small, crisp curls or little tufts.
the state of being frizzed.
something frizzed; frizzed hair.
Origin of frizz1
First recorded in 1650-60; back formation from frizzle1
Related forms
frizzer, noun


[friz] /frɪz/
verb (used with or without object)
frizzle2 .
Related forms
frizzer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for frizz
Contemporary Examples
  • Her unwashed hair is pulled severely back and there's a halo of frizz around the crown of her head.

    Behind the Glow Kevin Sessums October 6, 2008
Historical Examples
  • "Don't 'ee get in a frizz, my dears, about me," he said with dignity.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • Mr. Champion can't get his boot off and he's in some frizz about it.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • It is the extreme of bad taste to bang or frizz the hair across the forehead, or to wear the hat somewhat on the back of the head.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • Miss Mellins was a small woman with a glossy yellow face and a frizz of black hair bristling with imitation tortoise-shell pins.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
  • On her return Robinson made signals to her over the master's head, which he had begun to frizz.

  • He put his hand up to his moustache; but did not frizz and twist it in the old familiar way, he just pulled it downwards.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for frizz


(of the hair, nap, etc) to form or cause (the hair, etc) to form tight wiry curls or crisp tufts
hair that has been frizzed
the state of being frizzed
Derived Forms
frizzer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French friser to curl, shrivel up (see frisette): influenced by frizzle1
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Word Origin and History for frizz

also friz, 1610s (implied in frizzed), probably from French friser "to curl, dress the hair" (16c.), perhaps from stem of frire "to fry, cook." Assimilated to native frizzle. Related: Frizzed; frizzing. As a noun from 1660s, "frizzed hair."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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