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frizzle1

[friz-uh l] /ˈfrɪz əl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), frizzled, frizzling.
1.
to form into small, crisp curls; frizz.
noun
2.
a short, crisp curl.
Origin of frizzle1
1555-1565
1555-65; origin uncertain; compare Old English frīs curled, Old Frisian frēsle lock of hair
Related forms
frizzler, noun

frizzle2

[friz-uh l] /ˈfrɪz əl/
verb (used without object), frizzled, frizzling.
1.
to make a sizzling or sputtering noise in frying or the like:
the sound of bacon frizzling on the stove.
verb (used with object), frizzled, frizzling.
2.
to make (food) crisp by frying.
Origin
1830-40; fr(y)1 + (s)izzle
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Examples from the Web for frizzle
Historical Examples
  • Melt a little butter in this, and as soon as it begins to frizzle break some eggs into the dish, and let them all set together.

  • "When th' fat's in th' fire, let it frizzle," admonished his uncle Frank.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • I'll sit in the shade an' watch him frizzle an' yell when the hide shrinks in the sun.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • By the time I was actually on the outskirts of the town, I was "baked to a frizzle."

  • “I should say so; and also frizzle your back teeth,” added Sid.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • She watched them curl and frizzle and burn; and presently they were ashes.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • The carcases began to frizzle and char, and the furnace doors were flung open.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • "I felt as if I should frizzle up in the fire of her wrath," he thought with a smile.

    Great Possessions Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • My mother, all the women we knew, did nothing but lace and paint and frizzle for men.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Ye kin curse like an Androscoggin lumber jack, but y'ain't goin' to frizzle a single hair on a bear's hide.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for frizzle

frizzle1

/ˈfrɪzəl/
verb
1.
to form (the hair) into tight crisp curls; frizz
noun
2.
a tight crisp curl
Derived Forms
frizzler, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably related to Old English frīs curly, Old Frisian frēsle curl, ringlet

frizzle2

/ˈfrɪzəl/
verb
1.
to scorch or be scorched, esp with a sizzling noise
2.
(transitive) to fry (bacon, etc) until crisp
Word Origin
C16: probably blend of fry1 + sizzle
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Word Origin and History for frizzle
v.

"curl hair," 1560s, perhaps related to Old English fris "curly" and Old Frisian frisle. Or else from Middle French friser "to curl" (see frizz (v.)). Related: Frizzled; frizzling. As a noun from 1610s, "crisp curl," from the verb.

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