frizzier; frizziest
of hair
: not smooth and neat because individual shafts are variably wavy and do not align together
When hair is frizzy or damaged, its outer cover, or cuticle, is riddled with lifted or missing sections that allow the hair's inner cortex to soak up hair-swelling moisture.Victoria Clayton
frizziness noun

Examples of frizzy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The early Noughties was a good time to be growing up with an untameable halo of frizzy hair. Hasina Jeelani, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2024 With the sudden temperature drop and the arrival of gusty chilly winds, how to stop hair from going frizzy and dry? Angela Lei, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Its formula with rose water and aloe gently detangles and hydrates, making your hair thicker, less frizzy, and healthier. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The director of the Instituto turned out to be a bombastic character with wild, frizzy hair and an Astrakhan cap, whom everyone called Profesor Reina. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 It can be used on any hair type but is especially beneficial for those with frizzy hair or natural curls and texture looking for a smooth long-lasting blowout. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 7 Dec. 2023 Their chemistry — Blunt playing imperious aloofness as lead assistant Emily to Hathaway’s bumbling, frizzy charm as junior assistant Andrea — buoyed the workplace romantic comedy to $325 million at the global box office and made both women into megastars. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 Now reach for the saltwater spray for a frizzy look and knead the waves a little. Melanie Paukner, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023 All of the models had super frizzy or long flowing hair. Matthew Schnipper, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frizzy was circa 1864

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“Frizzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


frizzier; frizziest
: tightly curled
frizzy hair

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