- to wear or become worn to rags or tatters; fray
- to make or become physically or emotionally exhausted
Origin: British (E Anglian) dialect, dialectal and amp; United States , probably altered (after fray) ; from dialect, dialectal fazle ; from Middle English faselen, to fray ; from fasel, frayed edge ; from fas ; from Old English fæs, a fringe
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Informalverb fraz·zled, fraz·zling, fraz·zles verb, transitive
- To wear away along the edges; fray.
- To exhaust physically or emotionally.
- To become worn away along the edges.
- To become exhausted physically or emotionally.
- A frayed or tattered condition.
- A condition of exhaustion: worked themselves to a frazzle.
Origin: Perhaps a blend of fray2 and dialectal fazzle, to unravel (from Middle English facelyn, to fray, from fasel, frayed edge, probably diminutive of fas, rootlets, from Old English fǽs).