frazzled

adjective fraz·zled \ ˈfra-zəld \

Definition of frazzled

1 : 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
2 : damaged or weakened by strain or agitation : frayed
  • trying to soothe frazzled nerves

First Known Use of frazzled

1854

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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