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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.
  1. the state of being frizzed.
  2. 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)
  1. frizzle2.
Related formsfrizz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for frizzed

Historical Examples of frizzed

  • He was dark like this fellow, and his hair was frizzed for fair, and he was in his bare feet.

    The Amazing Inheritance

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • The cost of a barrister's wig of frizzed hair is from five to six guineas.

  • She was stuffed in the right places, and her hair was frizzed just like Miss Bray's.

    Mary Cary

    Kate Langley Bosher

  • Just as he turned the corner he met a small woman, carefully dressed and frizzed, who stopped him.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Ladies' hair was curled and frizzed with considerable care, and frequently false curls were worn under the name of heart-breakers.

British Dictionary definitions for frizzed


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



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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