\ ˈfri-zē How to pronounce frizzy (audio) \
frizzier; frizziest

Definition of frizzy

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

Other Words from frizzy

frizziness noun

Examples of frizzy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The power of essentialism led Darwin to some beautifully ridiculous ideas about emotion, including that emotional imbalance can cause frizzy hair and that insects express fear and anger by frantically rubbing their body parts together. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 Treat frizzy hair and promote hair growth with one oil treatment. ELLE, 13 Apr. 2022 The formula combines these three hyper-nourishing elements to create an intensely nutrient-rich conditioner that tames frizzy hair effectively. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 The genetic abnormality produces dry, frizzy locks that are silvery-blond or straw-colored. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 For frizzy hair, Ouai’s Leave In Conditioner uses tamarind seed to relax kinks and panthenol and vitamin E for easy detangling. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The constantly fluctuating temperatures of my old, manual flatiron would leave me with frizzy, uneven sections at the top of my head and sore arms from hours of putting in work. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 25 Oct. 2021 Think sporting frizzy hair or invoking a heavy New York accent and Yiddish inflection. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 The others had assumed until that moment that Mariah Carey — the girl with the frizzy honey-blonde hair — was white like them. Brittany Luse, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of frizzy

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˈfri-zē How to pronounce frizzy (audio) \
frizzier; frizziest

Kids Definition of frizzy

: very curly frizzy hair

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