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verb (used with or without object), frizzed, friz·zing, noun, plural friz·zes.
  1. frizz1.
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Related formsfriz·er, noun


or friz

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to form into small, crisp curls or little tufts.
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  1. the state of being frizzed.
  2. something frizzed; frizzed hair.
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Origin of frizz1

First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from frizzle1
Related formsfrizz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for friz

Historical Examples

  • It is all the fashion for girls to cut off their hair and friz it.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

  • You don't mean to say you want to friz my hair up the way yours is!

    Marion Berkley

    Elizabeth B. Comins

  • I like my hair straight—I haven't the least desire to friz it out or curl it.

  • We hadn't had no chance to get warm, an' our clothes was wet an' friz.

  • Seems to me I'd friz them diamonds, if I was goin' to be mean enough to do anything.

    Flying U Ranch

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for friz


  1. (of the hair, nap, etc) to form or cause (the hair, etc) to form tight wiry curls or crisp tufts
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  1. hair that has been frizzed
  2. the state of being frizzed
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Derived Formsfrizzer, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French friser to curl, shrivel up (see frisette): influenced by frizzle 1
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Word Origin and History for friz



also friz, 1610s (implied in frizzed), probably from French friser "to curl, dress the hair" (16c.), perhaps from stem of frire "to fry, cook." Assimilated to native frizzle. Related: Frizzed; frizzing. As a noun from 1660s, "frizzed hair."

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