[ fraz-uh l ]
/ ˈfræz əl /

verb (used with or without object), fraz·zled, fraz·zling.

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

1815–25; blend of fray2 and fazzle, Middle English faselin to unravel, cognate with German faseln Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for frazzle

/ (ˈfræzəl) /


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 for frazzle

C19: probably from Middle English faselen to fray, from fasel fringe; influenced by fray ²
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