Frazzle meaning

frăzəl
To wear away along the edges; fray.
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To exhaust physically or emotionally.
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To become worn away along the edges.
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To become exhausted physically or emotionally.
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A frayed or tattered condition.
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A condition of exhaustion.

Worked themselves to a frazzle.

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To wear or become worn to rags or tatters; fray.
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To make or become physically or emotionally exhausted.
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The state of being frazzled.
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To fray or wear down, especially at the edges.

The new puppy has been chewing on everything, and my favorite afghan has become frazzled.

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To drain emotionally or physically.

After dealing with the children all day, I just can't help being frazzled.

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(informal) A burnt fragment; a cinder or crisp.

The bacon was burned to a frazzle.

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Origin of frazzle

  • Perhaps a blend of fray and dialectal fazzle to unravel (from Middle English facelyn to fray) (from fasel frayed edge) (probably diminutive of fas rootlets) (from Old English fæs)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition