from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wear away along the edges; fray.
- transitive v. To exhaust physically or emotionally.
- intransitive v. To become worn away along the edges.
- intransitive v. To become exhausted physically or emotionally.
- n. A frayed or tattered condition.
- n. A condition of exhaustion: worked themselves to a frazzle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fray or wear down, especially at the edges.
- v. To drain emotionally or physically
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fray; to wear or pull into tatters or tag ends; to tatter; -- used literally and figuratively.
- n. The act or result of frazzling; the condition or quality of being frazzled; the tag end; a frayed-out end.
- n. a state of extreme exhaustion; -- often used in the phrase worn to a frazzle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ravel out, as the edge of a fabric; unravel; fray.
- To wear, as by hard usage, into shreds, rags, or tatters; fray out; tear to pieces.
- n. A shred; a tatter; a frayed rag; a frayed or worn-out condition: as, to be worn to a frazzle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of extreme exhaustion
- v. exhaust physically or emotionally
- v. wear away by rubbing
Perhaps a blend of fray2 and dialectal fazzle, to unravel (from Middle English facelyn, to fray, from fasel, frayed edge, probably diminutive of fas, rootlets, from Old English fæs).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)