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

Definition of frazzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

2a : to put in a state of extreme physical or nervous fatigue
b : upset



Definition of frazzle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Holiday shopping doesn't have to frazzle you senseless. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Black Friday deals you can get this Wednesday," 26 Nov. 2020 Notre Dame’s defense likely will try to mix it up and confuse and frazzle the young starter. Shannon Ryan,, "5 things to know about the Notre Dame-Clemson showdown Saturday, including Brian Kelly’s legacy and how Trevor Lawrence’s absence will affect the game," 7 Nov. 2020 That same week there were a 13 different wildfires blazing in the Southland, putting a strain on firefighting resources, destroying properties and frazzling nerves from San Diego County to Santa Barbara County. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Cots set up at Oak Grove for weary firefighters in September 1979," 2 Sep. 2019 When the kids are screaming, the dogs are scuffling, the television is blaring, your spouse is cranky, and your workaday world has frazzled your last nerve, the best medicine is — the porch. Marni Jameson,, "The Power of the Porch," 20 Mar. 2018 When the kids are screaming, the dogs are scuffling, the television is blaring, your spouse is cranky, and your work world has frazzled your last nerve, the best medicine is --the porch. Contributing Writer,, "The power of a porch: 7 ways to maximize your outdoor space," 19 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hair frazzles and bandanas get abandoned to the floor. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Unlikely New Dance Scene Sweeping Istanbul," 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,, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018 Judging by the media's frazzle, the fearful response. Fox News, "Trump gets first-hand look at border wall prototypes," 17 Mar. 2018 Rauch said that a love of conspiracy-minded TV shows — an image of frazzle-haired Girgio A. Tsoukalos immediately comes to mind — and sci-fi movies made the festival a must for him and his family. Eder Campuzano,, "Aliens, Jedi and more march in McMinnville for the 2017 UFO Festival (photos)," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of frazzle


circa 1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frazzle


alteration of English dialect fazle to tangle, fray

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The first known use of frazzle was circa 1825

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“Frazzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frazzle

informal : to make (someone) very nervous or upset


fraz·​zle | \ ˈfra-zəl How to pronounce frazzle (audio) \

Kids Definition of frazzle

: a tired or nervous condition I'm worn to a frazzle.

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