frizzle

1
[ friz-uh l ]
/ ˈfrɪz əl /

verb (used with or without object), friz·zled, friz·zling.

to form into small, crisp curls; frizz.

noun

a short, crisp curl.

Origin of frizzle

1
1555–65; origin uncertain; compare Old English frīs curled, Old Frisian frēsle lock of hair
Related formsfriz·zler, noun

Definition for frizzle (2 of 2)

frizzle

2
[ friz-uh l ]
/ ˈfrɪz əl /

verb (used without object), friz·zled, friz·zling.

to make a sizzling or sputtering noise in frying or the like: the sound of bacon frizzling on the stove.

verb (used with object), friz·zled, friz·zling.

to make (food) crisp by frying.

Origin of frizzle

2
First recorded in 1830–40; fr(y)1 + (s)izzle
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British Dictionary definitions for frizzle (1 of 2)

frizzle

1
/ (ˈfrɪzəl) /

verb

to form (the hair) into tight crisp curls; frizz

noun

a tight crisp curl
Derived Formsfrizzler, noun

Word Origin for frizzle

C16: probably related to Old English frīs curly, Old Frisian frēsle curl, ringlet

British Dictionary definitions for frizzle (2 of 2)

frizzle

2
/ (ˈfrɪzəl) /

verb

to scorch or be scorched, esp with a sizzling noise
(tr) to fry (bacon, etc) until crisp

Word Origin for frizzle

C16: probably blend of fry 1 + sizzle
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Word Origin and History for frizzle

frizzle


v.

"curl hair," 1560s, perhaps related to Old English fris "curly" and Old Frisian frisle. Or else from Middle French friser "to curl" (see frizz (v.)). Related: Frizzled; frizzling. As a noun from 1610s, "crisp curl," from the verb.

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