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[friz-ee] /ˈfrɪz i/
adjective, frizzier, frizziest.
formed into small, tight curls, as hair; frizzed.
Also, frizzly.
Origin of frizzy
First recorded in 1865-70; frizz1 + -y1
Related forms
frizzily, adverb
frizziness, noun
unfrizzy, adjective Unabridged
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  • One of them was a frizzy haired soubrette and the other a blonde.

  • Her hair was frizzy, her dress plain and at times almost uncouth.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
  • She pushed her frizzy, wild Irish hair back from her forehead.

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
  • There was Belle Bingley, all frizzy hair and a kicker; we put her on to him.

  • Their coat is the same as that of other horses, save that during winter it grows very long, and frizzy like the wool of sheep.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • "Zoe is here with me, too," said Mary, and the frizzy head of Zoe Oppner appeared over her friend's shoulder.

  • And very straight she sat, with defiant, frizzy head and narrow lips, when she heard the front door open and close.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
British Dictionary definitions for frizzy


adjective -zier, -ziest, -zlier, -zliest
(of the hair) in tight crisp wiry curls
Derived Forms
frizzily, adverb
frizziness, frizzliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frizzy

1870, from frizz + -y (2). Related: Frizziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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