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

  • adj. Tightly curled.

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  • adj. Having small, tight curls

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Curled or crisped.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loosely-crisp; curly: as, “light, frizzly hair,”

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

  • adj. (of hair) in small tight curls


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  • Billy Green, at the moment, was training a tiny, nondescript, frizzly-haired dog.


  • A lady came in to the library today sporting a goodly crop of frizzly chin hairs of, I kid you not, nearly two inches in length.

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  • Her long hair is tied back, strands around her face frizzly from steam.

    The Nature of Jade

  • The natives of Aru, on the other hand, are, Papuans, with black or sooty brown skims, woolly or frizzly hair, thick-ridged prominent noses, and rather slender limbs.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • They delight in combing, or rather forking it, using for that purpose a large wooden fork with four diverging prongs, which answers the purpose of separating and arranging the long tangled, frizzly mass of cranial vegetation much better than any comb could do.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The twisted beard and frizzly hair complete this remarkable contrast.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Papuan features, frizzly hair, and brown complexions.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • They are darker in colour, and a number of them have the frizzly Papuan hair; their features also are harsh and prominent, and the women in particular are far less engaging than those of the

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The people are like the Timorese with frizzly or wavy hair and of a coppery brown colour.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The sooty blackness of the skin, the mop-like head of frizzly hair, and, most important of all, the marked form of countenance of quite a different type from that of the Malay, are what we cannot believe to result from mere climatal or other modifying influences on one and the same race.

    The Malay Archipelago


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