adjective, friz·zi·er, friz·zi·est.

formed into small, tight curls, as hair; frizzed.

Also frizzly.

Origin of frizzy

First recorded in 1865–70; frizz1 + -y1
Related formsfriz·zi·ly, adverbfriz·zi·ness, nounun·friz·zy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frizzy

kinky, frizzly

Examples from the Web for frizzy

Contemporary Examples of frizzy

Historical Examples of frizzy

  • 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


frizzly (ˈfrɪzlɪ)

adjective -zier, -ziest, -zlier or -zliest

(of the hair) in tight crisp wiry curls
Derived Formsfrizzily, adverbfrizziness or frizzliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frizzy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper