verb (used with or without object), frizzed, friz·zing, noun, plural friz·zes.

Nearby words

  1. friulian,
  2. frivol,
  3. frivolity,
  4. frivolous,
  5. frivolously,
  6. frizette,
  7. frizz,
  8. frizzante,
  9. frizzle,
  10. frizzly

Related formsfriz·er, noun



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 frizzing

  • We know nothing, at present, in regard to the hair, which was unknown at Rome—our frizzing was their capillorum tortura.

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  • She had made a most careful toilet, frizzing her hair and turning up a corner of her apron to display her cashmere skirt.

British Dictionary definitions for frizzing



(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 frizzing



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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