Origin of frizzFrench friser, to curl: see frieze
Origin of frizzechoic alteration of fry
tr. & intr.v.frizzed, frizz·ing, frizz·es
- The condition of being frizzed.
- A small tight curl or tuft.
Origin of frizzAlteration (influenced by frizzle2) of French friser, from Old French, possibly from frire, fris-, to fry, from Latin fr&imacron;gere, to roast, fry.
verbfrizzed, frizz·ing, frizz·es
Origin of frizzPossibly back-formation from frizzle1.
(third-person singular simple present frizzes, present participle frizzing, simple past and past participle frizzed)
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”).
- A mass of tightly curled or unruly hair.
From Middle English fryse, from the verb. See above.