Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To curl or crisp, as hair; frizz.
  • To curl or Crisp in cooking: as, frizzled beef (dried or jerked beef sliced thin and crisped over the fire).
  • To curl; crisp.
  • noun A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • noun A ribbed steel plate forming part of a gunlock, to receive the blow of the hammer. It occurs in the form of flint-lock which took the place of the wheel-lock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To curl or crisp, as hair; to friz; to crinkle.
  • transitive verb to crinkle or crisp excessively.
  • noun A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • verb To fry, toast, or broil with a sputtering sound to cook with a sizzling noise. Also fig.
  • verb To cook, in certain way, so as to curl or crinkle up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to fry something until crisp and curled
  • verb transitive to scorch
  • verb intransitive to fry noisily
  • noun A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • noun A ribbed steel plate forming part of a gunlock, which receives the blow of the hammer.

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

  • verb fry something until it curls and becomes crisp
  • verb curl tightly

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From frizz +‎ -le. Cognate with Old Frisian frisle, fresle ("head of the hair, lock of hair"). More at frizz.

Examples

  • The frizzle-headed man-eaters were loath to leave their fleshpots so long as the harvest of human carcases was plentiful.

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  • The high feverishness during a outset will frail a breast skin as well as close in a turkey juices so they do not frizzle away.

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  • The high feverishness during a outset will frail a breast skin as well as close in a turkey juices so they do not frizzle away.

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  • In a panic I ran to the kitchen and unplugged my laptop for fear it would frizzle up in the next bolt of lightning.

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  • The sun was dipping behind the trees, and a frizzle of wind had risen up from somewhere.

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  • The sun was dipping behind the trees, and a frizzle of wind had risen up from somewhere.

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  • At one of the lectures he held from Thursday through Monday in Delhi— immaculately dressed, and with a mane of silvery white cerebral frizzle on his head— he held forth on subjects like State of the Lie, Lie of the State.

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  • At one of the lectures he held from Thursday through Monday in Delhi— immaculately dressed, and with a mane of silvery white cerebral frizzle on his head— he held forth on subjects like State of the Lie, Lie of the State.

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  • After spending most of his life on the dry side of the mountains, he would be living in a damp coastal climate where a favorite local word is frizzle freezing drizzle.

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  • Once there was a young moth who did not believe that the proper end for all mothkind was a zish and a frizzle.

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