from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form or be formed into small tight curls or tufts.
  • n. The condition of being frizzed.
  • n. A small tight curl or tuft.
  • transitive v. To fry or burn with a sizzling noise.
  • intransitive v. To make a sizzling noise while frying or searing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mass of tightly curled or unruly hair.
  • v. Of hair, to form into a mass of tight curls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. See friz, v. t. & n.
  • v. To fry, cook, or sear with a sizzling noise; to sizzle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To curl; crisp; form into a mass of small, loose, crisp curls, as the hair, with a crisping-pin; specifically, to crisp and then loosen out so as to form a light, fluffy mass of little curls.
  • To form into little burs, prominences, or knots, as the nap of cloth; raise a nap or bur on.
  • In leather-dressing, to remove the bur, prominences, or roughnesses from, as chamois and wash-leather, by rubbing with pumicestone, a blunt knife, or the like, in order to soften the surface and give a uniform thickness.
  • n. That which is frizzed or curled; a wig, as covered with frizzes: as, a frizz of hair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being formed into small tight curls
  • v. curl tightly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration (influenced by frizzle2) of French friser, from Old French, possibly from frire, fris-, to fry, from Latin frīgere, to roast, fry.
Possibly back-formation from frizzle1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English frysen, from Old French friser, frizer ("to frizzle, crisp, curl, ruffle, braid, touch lightly, graze, scratch"), of Germanic origin, perhaps via Old Frankish *fris (“curl”), from Proto-Germanic *frisaz (“frizzy, curly”). Cognate with Old Frisian frisle, frēsle ("the hair of the head, lock of hair, curl, ringlet"; > North Frisian friessle, fressle ("hair, horse's tail"), West Frisian frisseljen ("braid of hair, braid")), Old English frīs ("crisped, curled").

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From Middle English fryse, from the verb. See above.


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