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[fraz-uh ld]
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adjective Informal.
  1. worn-out; fatigued: a party that left us frazzled.
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Origin of frazzled

First recorded in 1870–75; frazzle + -ed2
Related formsun·fraz·zled, adjective


[fraz-uh l]Informal.
verb (used with or without object), fraz·zled, fraz·zling.
  1. to wear to threads or shreds; fray.
  2. to weary; tire out: Those six eight-year-olds frazzled me.
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  1. the state of being frazzled or worn-out.
  2. a remnant; shred.
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Origin of frazzle

1815–25; blend of fray2 and fazzle, Middle English faselin to unravel, cognate with German faseln
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  • You're living too close and your nerves are sort of frazzled.

  • The poor fellow looked so old and frazzled that Odin could not recognize him.

    Hunters Out of Space

    Joseph Everidge Kelleam

  • His clothes were frazzled, but I didn't notice that till later.


    O. Henry

  • I am not prone on my green couch, frayed, frazzled, bowed-down in spirit from a day of frightful stress and cross-purpose.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • Do you guess we were frazzled up to the limit and not braced to hold back or anything, the way civilized people do?

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for frazzled


  1. informal to make or become exhausted or weary; tire out
  2. a less common word for fray 2 (def. 1)
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  1. informal the state of being frazzled or exhausted
  2. a frayed end or remnant
  3. to a frazzle informal absolutely; completely (esp in the phrase burnt to a frazzle)
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Word Origin

C19: probably from Middle English faselen to fray, from fasel fringe; influenced by fray ²
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Word Origin and History for frazzled



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.

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