fraz·​zled ˈfra-zəld How to pronounce frazzled (audio)
: in a state of extreme physical or nervous fatigue and agitation
So relentlessly did my partner and I spring into our work throughout the week that by Saturday night we were frazzled wrecks.Jack London
A frazzled looking housefrau [=hausfrau], clutching a toilet scrub brush in one hand and the fist of a wailing toddler in the other, confronted me with a look of pure exasperation.Paul Di Filippo
She seems relaxed, breathing evenly; there's nothing here to get her frazzled.Bob Ottum
: damaged or weakened by strain or agitation : frayed
trying to soothe frazzled nerves

Examples of frazzled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Romanova, who worked in the debris alongside the others, wore a red headscarf and an exhausted expression and was too frazzled to even estimate her losses. Hanna Arhirova, Chicago Tribune, 30 July 2023 Aly Raisman Praises 2 Rescuers Who Saved Missing Dog Mylo: 'Such Good People' Behar took the time to remind viewers how frazzled animals can get by the sound of fireworks. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 The frazzled writer eventually gets to Grand Central, where an initially frosty station attendant informs her that service has been slashed and there won’t be another train for hours. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 Sydney, who was left frazzled and hearing the phantom printer long after the orders stopped coming in, left the kitchen to go throw up her nerves in the alley. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 June 2023 Some people, rather than becoming volunteers, are simply providing informal ways to ease the daily stress of life under lockdown in Shanghai, collating useful information and guides online, making refreshments for frazzled neighbors or videos to boost morale. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Other academic top brass also take a bow, notably the philosopher Frederik Christian Sibbern — who comes across as exactly the frazzled, approachable good guy he is reputed to have been — in a virtuosic graphite drawing by Kobke. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 There are plenty of ways to give priority to connection, even in this frazzled moment, says Shasta Nelson, a speaker and author of books about how to cultivate friendship in our personal lives and at work. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2023 Our frazzled brains are elsewhere. Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of frazzled was in 1854

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“Frazzled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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