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[friz-ee] /ˈfrɪz i/
adjective, frizzier, frizziest.
formed into small, tight curls, as hair; frizzed.
Also, frizzly.
Origin of frizzy
1865-70; frizz1 + -y1
Related forms
frizzily, adverb
frizziness, noun
unfrizzy, adjective Unabridged
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  • And her frizzy pigtails swished around with her arms--just like the sails of a windmill that had suddenly gone mad.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • There was Belle Bingley, all frizzy hair and a kicker; we put her on to him.

  • It is only in the categories of wavy and in part of frizzy hair, that the differences are appreciable.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • I thought Aunt Grace would appreciate me more with a crown of frizzy ringlets.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • And very straight she sat, with defiant, frizzy head and narrow lips, when she heard the front door open and close.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • In Australia the hair is generally straight; but in the first and last-named countries it is frizzy, crisped, or curling.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • Among those races with frizzy hair, red is almost as common as among those with wavy hair.

British Dictionary definitions for frizzy


adjective -zier, -ziest, -zlier, -zliest
(of the hair) in tight crisp wiry curls
Derived Forms
frizzily, adverb
frizziness, frizzliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frizzy

1870, from frizz + -y (2). Related: Frizziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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