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frizzy

[friz-ee]
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adjective, friz·zi·er, friz·zi·est.
  1. formed into small, tight curls, as hair; frizzed.
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Also frizzly.

Origin of frizzy

First recorded in 1865–70; frizz1 + -y1
Related formsfriz·zi·ly, adverbfriz·zi·ness, nounun·friz·zy, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • One of them was a frizzy haired soubrette and the other a blonde.

  • Her hair was frizzy, her dress plain and at times almost uncouth.

    The Crystal Ball

    Roy J. Snell

  • She pushed her frizzy, wild Irish hair back from her forehead.

  • There was Belle Bingley, all frizzy hair and a kicker; we put her on to him.

  • Their coat is the same as that of other horses, save that during winter it grows very long, and frizzy like the wool of sheep.

    The Trail-Hunter

    Gustave Aimard


British Dictionary definitions for frizzy

frizzy

frizzly (ˈfrɪzlɪ)

adjective -zier, -ziest, -zlier or -zliest
  1. (of the hair) in tight crisp wiry curls
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Derived Formsfrizzily, adverbfrizziness or frizzliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frizzy

adj.

1870, from frizz + -y (2). Related: Frizziness.

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