or friz


verb (used with or without object)

to form into small, crisp curls or little tufts.


the state of being frizzed.
something frizzed; frizzed hair.

Origin of frizz

First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from frizzle1
Related formsfrizz·er, noun



verb (used with or without object)

Related formsfrizz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frizz

Contemporary Examples of frizz

  • Her unwashed hair is pulled severely back and there's a halo of frizz around the crown of her head.

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    Behind the Glow

    Kevin Sessums

    October 6, 2008

Historical Examples of frizz

  • "Don't 'ee get in a frizz, my dears, about me," he said with dignity.

    Explorers of the Dawn

    Mazo de la Roche

  • Mr. Champion can't get his boot off and he's in some frizz about it.


    Compton Mackenzie

  • It is the extreme of bad taste to bang or frizz the hair across the forehead, or to wear the hat somewhat on the back of the head.

  • Miss Mellins was a small woman with a glossy yellow face and a frizz of black hair bristling with imitation tortoise-shell pins.

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    Edith Wharton

  • On her return Robinson made signals to her over the master's head, which he had begun to frizz.

British Dictionary definitions for frizz



(of the hair, nap, etc) to form or cause (the hair, etc) to form tight wiry curls or crisp tufts


hair that has been frizzed
the state of being frizzed
Derived Formsfrizzer, noun

Word Origin for frizz

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

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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