- to wear to threads or shreds; fray.
- to weary; tire out: Those six eight-year-olds frazzled me.
- the state of being frazzled or worn-out.
- a remnant; shred.
Origin of frazzle
Related Wordsfray, rag, collapse, remnant, shred, prostration, enervation, lassitude, exhaust, poop, tire, tear, rip, wear, prostrate, tucker
Examples from the Web for frazzle
In the first few weeks my artist's ears and eyes and soul were hazed to a frazzle.
From school she went to college and worked herself to a frazzle.
He'll ketch the thief, for he's sartainly got Sherlock Holmes beat to a frazzle.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
"Well, next time don't stay till you're worn to a frazzle," she said.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
Face the supernatural—and it is beaten to a frazzle before the fight begins.The Ghost Breaker
- informal to make or become exhausted or weary; tire out
- a less common word for fray 2 (def. 1)
- informal the state of being frazzled or exhausted
- a frayed end or remnant
- to a frazzle informal absolutely; completely (esp in the phrase burnt to a frazzle)
Word Origin and History for frazzle
c.1825, "to unravel" (of clothing), from East Anglian variant of 17c. fasel "to unravel, fray" (as the end of a rope), from Middle English facelyn "to fray" (mid-15c.), from fasylle "fringe, frayed edge," diminutive of Old English fæs "fringe." Related: Frazzled, frazzling. Cf. German Faser "thread, fiber, filament," Middle Dutch vese "fringe, fiber, chaff." Probably influenced in form by fray (v.). As a noun, from 1865, American English.