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verb (1)

frizzed; frizzing; frizzes

transitive verb

: to form into small tight curls

intransitive verb

of hair : to form a mass of tight curls


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: a tight curl
: hair that is tightly curled


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verb (2)

frizzed; frizzing; frizzes

transitive verb

: to fry or sear with a sizzling noise

Examples of frizz in a Sentence

Noun She used gel on her hair to control the frizz. a photograph of a 1920s flapper with that trademark frizz on the forehead
Recent Examples on the Web
As a result, your locks dry faster and won’t frizz up under the blow dryer. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 22 July 2023 And don’t forget to check out Color Wow’s TikTok-famous spray, which tames frizz in a matter of seconds. Jake Smith, Glamour, 12 July 2023 Using ionic technology, this brush tames frizz and promotes shine with a combination of nylon and tufted bristles. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 10 Feb. 2022 Thick hair can also frizz up and get a little wild under even just the slightest bit of humidity. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2022 Curls have a tendency to frizz up, especially in humid climates. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 23 Dec. 2022 My hair smelled good and did not frizz in the humidity, which is a big deal for a young Jewish girl in the Valley. Marshall Heyman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 Conditioners, bond builders and serums are popular cosmetic solutions to frizz and drying. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 7 July 2021 If your ends tend to frizz—or, heck, if the whole length does—warm a dab of a moisturizing pomade in your palms and apply in long strokes. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, 26 Oct. 2020
Find it on Amazon Quiet Hair Dryer This Laifen hair dryer has an innovative design that dries your hair faster than traditional hair dryers; it is packed with 200 million negative ions and alternating hot and cold airstreams that leave your hair soft and nourished while preventing frizz and damage. Matthew Parker, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2023 Pros: Good floral scent, cruelty-free formula; helps with frizz. Neha Tandon, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 Hair oils and serums that keep the frizz away and give shine may be all that is needed to keep 3B curls looking lush. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, 8 Sep. 2023 This conditioning mask, which delivers on hydration and shine and smooths frizz, has been a simple way to give my hair a noticeable boost without weighing my hair down. Lindsey Metrus, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 This exceptional conditioner not only controls frizz but also adds volume to your furry friend's coat, leaving it looking smooth and luscious. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2023 Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer A salon-level 1875 watt blow dryer featuring ionic technology to create a shiny blowout with less frizz. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2023 Plus, features like the cool-shot button locks in hairstyles with minimized frizz. Samantha Jones, Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2023 How to Wean Yourself From Keratin Treatments For people who do keratin treatments once a year (typically in summer) to tamp down on frizz, there’s not much of an ease-off process—the treatment washes out gradually over time, says Nunzio Saviano, owner of his namesake salon in New York City. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Verb (1)

French friser

Verb (2)

alteration of fry entry 1

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of frizz was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Frizz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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