- 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
- 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 frazzling
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.