intransitive verbfrazzled, frazzling
- to wear or become worn to rags or tatters; fray
- to make or become physically or emotionally exhausted
Origin of frazzleBritish (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
verbfraz·zled, fraz·zling, fraz·zles
- 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 of frazzlePerhaps 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 fæs).
(third-person singular simple present frazzles, present participle frazzling, simple past and past participle frazzled)
- To fray or wear down, especially at the edges.
- The new puppy has been chewing on everything, and my favorite afghan has become frazzled.
- To drain emotionally or physically
- After dealing with the children all day, I just can't help being frazzled.
- (informal) A burnt fragment; a cinder or crisp.
- The bacon was burned to a frazzle.