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friz

[friz]
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verb (used with or without object), frizzed, friz·zing, noun, plural friz·zes.
  1. frizz1.
Related formsfriz·er, noun

frizz1

or friz

[friz]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to form into small, crisp curls or little tufts.
noun
  1. the state of being frizzed.
  2. something frizzed; frizzed hair.

Origin of frizz1

First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from frizzle1
Related formsfrizz·er, noun

frizz2

[friz]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. frizzle2.
Related formsfrizz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for frizzing

Historical Examples

  • I barbarously hope it is frizzing behind that great black coal in the grate.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • We know nothing, at present, in regard to the hair, which was unknown at Rome—our frizzing was their capillorum tortura.

    Dealings With The Dead

    A Sexton of the Old School

  • She had made a most careful toilet, frizzing her hair and turning up a corner of her apron to display her cashmere skirt.


British Dictionary definitions for frizzing

frizz

verb
  1. (of the hair, nap, etc) to form or cause (the hair, etc) to form tight wiry curls or crisp tufts
noun
  1. hair that has been frizzed
  2. the state of being frizzed
Derived Formsfrizzer, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French friser to curl, shrivel up (see frisette): influenced by frizzle 1
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Word Origin and History for frizzing

frizz

v.

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."

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