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[friz-uh l] /ˈfrɪz əl/
verb (used with or without object), frizzled, frizzling.
to form into small, crisp curls; frizz.
a short, crisp curl.
Origin of frizzle1
1555-65; origin uncertain; compare Old English frīs curled, Old Frisian frēsle lock of hair
Related forms
frizzler, noun


[friz-uh l] /ˈfrɪz əl/
verb (used without object), frizzled, frizzling.
to make a sizzling or sputtering noise in frying or the like:
the sound of bacon frizzling on the stove.
verb (used with object), frizzled, frizzling.
to make (food) crisp by frying.
First recorded in 1830-40; fr(y)1 + (s)izzle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for frizzle
Historical Examples
  • "When th' fat's in th' fire, let it frizzle," admonished his uncle Frank.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • I'll sit in the shade an' watch him frizzle an' yell when the hide shrinks in the sun.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • By the time I was actually on the outskirts of the town, I was "baked to a frizzle."

  • She watched them curl and frizzle and burn; and presently they were ashes.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • “I should say so; and also frizzle your back teeth,” added Sid.

    The Winning Touchdown

    Lester Chadwick
  • My mother, all the women we knew, did nothing but lace and paint and frizzle for men.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Rounders fancied he could almost hear the frizzle of the flesh.

  • "I felt as if I should frizzle up in the fire of her wrath," he thought with a smile.

    Great Possessions

    Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • Ye kin curse like an Androscoggin lumber jack, but y'ain't goin' to frizzle a single hair on a bear's hide.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • If you ever tell any one what Ive just said Ill draw and quarter you and frizzle you crisp in boiling oil.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for frizzle


to form (the hair) into tight crisp curls; frizz
a tight crisp curl
Derived Forms
frizzler, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably related to Old English frīs curly, Old Frisian frēsle curl, ringlet


to scorch or be scorched, esp with a sizzling noise
(transitive) to fry (bacon, etc) until crisp
Word Origin
C16: probably blend of fry1 + sizzle
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Word Origin and History for frizzle

"curl hair," 1560s, perhaps related to Old English fris "curly" and Old Frisian frisle. Or else from Middle French friser "to curl" (see frizz (v.)). Related: Frizzled; frizzling. As a noun from 1610s, "crisp curl," from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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