intransitive verbfrizzed, friz′zing
Origin of frizzFrench friser, to curl: see frieze
Origin of frizzechoic alteration of fry
tr. & intr.v.frizzed, frizz·ing, frizz·es
- a. The condition of being frizzed.b. Frizzed hair: “I sat under the dryer for an hour and emerged, roasted, with a tidy pouf of frizz beginning at my ears and going all around my head” ( Shirley Abbott )
- A small tight curl or tuft.
Origin of frizzAlteration (influenced by frizzle 2) of French friser from Old French possibly from frire fris- to fry from Latin frīgere to roast, fry
verbfrizzed, frizz·ing, frizz·es
Origin of frizzPossibly back-formation from frizzle 1
(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.