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fraz·​zle ˈfra-zəl How to pronounce frazzle (audio)
frazzled; frazzling ˈfra-zə-liŋ How to pronounce frazzle (audio)

transitive verb

: to put in a state of extreme physical or nervous fatigue
: upset


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: the state of being frazzled
: a condition of fatigue or nervous exhaustion
worn to a frazzle

Examples of frazzle in a Sentence

Verb He's a clever player who knows how to frazzle his opponents. years of use have frazzled the cord for the window blinds to the breaking point Noun months of overtime work have left her worn to a frazzle
Recent Examples on the Web
My frenzied Facebook feed is the portrait of a stunned and frazzled collective mind. Ruby Namdar, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2023 Italians are frazzled as a summer of incinerating heat waves lingers and fear mounts over the return of hailstones the size of handballs. Jason Horowitz,, 16 Sep. 2023 In the ballroom On the night before the big gathering, Michelle was frazzled and anxious. Ellen Barry Hilary Swift, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Barrymore responded, frazzled, as the audience member quickly approached her. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 22 Aug. 2023 But don’t get frazzled or ditch those travel essentials just yet. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 24 July 2023 Pet owners know all too well that fireworks can frazzle furry friends, but experts say there are ways to avoid nervous breakdowns. Vivi Smilgius,, 3 July 2023 TikToker and hairstylist Lauren Dale swears she's discovered the secret to boosting glow, even in strands that look a little frazzled. Elle Turner, Glamour, 14 June 2023 Don’t let a few pest woes frazzle you and draw your attention from the beauty and peace. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2023
The signature crack of a sonic boom can shake walls, rattle windows, and frazzle nerves. Jason Daley, Discover Magazine, 14 Nov. 2011 There are subtler ways to explore the chaotic frazzle of modern life than through the violent synthesis of superfruits in a blender. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 19 Aug. 2021 The tackles, the contact and the double teams had worn him to a frazzle. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2021 The industrious and dedicated Studley looked worn to a frazzle by June. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2021 More than any other cast member this year, Kate McKinnon let the frazzle show. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Hair frazzles and bandanas get abandoned to the floor. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Dec. 2019 And most notably for his own legacy as a general manager, West worked himself into a frazzle in the summer of 1996 to lure free-agent Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers, days of nonstop negotiation that landed West in the hospital. Jack McCallum,, 11 July 2018 Judging by the media's frazzle, the fearful response. Fox News, 17 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History



alteration of English dialect fazle to tangle, fray

First Known Use


circa 1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of frazzle was circa 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Frazzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a tired or nervous condition
worn to a frazzle


2 of 2 verb
: fray
: to cause to be in a tired or nervous condition

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