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

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: Verb Add in the latest flip-flop confusion on US airplane mask mandates, and we're headed for a season of stress levels that would frazzle even the most experienced traveler. Julia Buckley, Pete Muntean And Barry Neild, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 Holiday shopping doesn't have to frazzle you senseless. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2020 Notre Dame’s defense likely will try to mix it up and confuse and frazzle the young starter. Shannon Ryan,, 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, 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,, 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,, 19 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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,, 20 May 2017 See More

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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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30 Apr 2022

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“Frazzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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