from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fry (something) until crisp and curled: frizzled the bacon.
  • transitive v. To scorch or sear with heat.
  • intransitive v. To fry or sear with a sizzling noise.
  • transitive v. To form or cause to be formed into small tight curls; frizz.
  • n. A small tight curl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to fry something until crisp and curled
  • v. to scorch
  • v. to fry noisily
  • n. A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • n. A ribbed steel plate forming part of a gunlock, which receives the blow of the hammer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • v. To fry, toast, or broil with a sputtering sound to cook with a sizzling noise. Also fig.
  • v. To cook, in certain way, so as to curl or crinkle up.
  • transitive v. To curl or crisp, as hair; to friz; to crinkle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To curl or crisp, as hair; frizz.
  • To curl or Crisp in cooking: as, frizzled beef (dried or jerked beef sliced thin and crisped over the fire).
  • To curl; crisp.
  • n. A curl; a lock of hair crisped.
  • n. A ribbed steel plate forming part of a gunlock, to receive the blow of the hammer. It occurs in the form of flint-lock which took the place of the wheel-lock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fry something until it curls and becomes crisp
  • v. curl tightly


Possibly blend of fry1 and sizzle.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From frizz +‎ -le. Cognate with Old Frisian frisle, fresle ("head of the hair, lock of hair"). More at frizz. (Wiktionary)


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