frizz
Friz Friz, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frizzed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frizzing}.] [Cf. F. friser to curl, crisp, frizzle, to raise the nap (on certain stuffs); prob.akin to OFries. frisle hair of the head. Cf. {Frieze} kind of cloth.] [Written also {frizz}.] 1. To curl or form into small curls, as hair, with a crisping pin; to crisp. [1913 Webster]

With her hair frizzed short up to her ears. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

2. To form into little burs, prominences, knobs, or tufts, as the nap of cloth. [1913 Webster]

3. (Leather Manufacture) To soften and make of even thickness by rubbing, as with pumice stone or a blunt instrument. [1913 Webster]

{Frizzing machine}. (a) (Fabrics) A machine for frizzing the surface of cloth. (b) (Wood Working) A bench with a revolving cutter head slightly protruding above its surface, for dressing boards. [1913 Webster]


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  • frizz — [frız] v [I and T] informal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: friser, probably from frire to cook in hot oil ] if your hair frizzes, or if you frizz it, it curls very tightly >frizz n [U] ▪ how to give your hair more shape and less frizz …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frizz — frizz·i·ly; frizz·i·ness; frizz; frizz·er; …   English syllables

  • Frizz — Frizz, v. t. & n. See {Friz}, v. t. & n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frizz — Frizz, v. t. & i. [Partly imitative, but cf. {Fry}.] To fry, cook, or sear with a sizzling noise; to sizzle. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frizz — [ frız ] noun uncount hair that has very small tight stiff curls a. the condition of hair that has very small tight stiff curls …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • frizz — (v.) also friz, 1610s (implied in frizzed), probably from Fr. friser to curl, dress the hair (16c.), perhaps from stem of frire to fry, cook. Assimilated to native frizzle. Related: Frizzed; frizzing. As a noun from 1660s, frizzed hair …   Etymology dictionary

  • frizz — ► VERB ▪ (of hair) form into a mass of tight curls. ► NOUN ▪ a mass of tightly curled hair. ORIGIN French friser …   English terms dictionary

  • frizz — frizz1 or friz [friz] vt., vi. frizzed, frizzing [Fr friser, to curl: see FRIEZE1] to form into small, tight curls n. hair, etc. that is frizzed frizz2 [friz] vt., vi. [echoic alteration of FRY …   English World dictionary

  • frizz — [[t]frɪ̱z[/t]] N UNCOUNT Frizz is frizzy hair. Manic brushing will only cause frizz …   English dictionary

  • frizz — Friz Friz, n.; pl. {Frizzes}. That which is frizzed; anything crisped or curled, as a wig; a frizzle. [Written also {frizz}.] [1913 Webster] He [Dr. Johnson], who saw in his glass how his wig became his face and head, might easily infer that a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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