Definition of frazzle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrazəl/


[with object] (usually as adjective frazzled)
1Cause to feel completely exhausted; wear out: a frazzled parent
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  • Maybe it was my tired state and slightly frazzled mind, but I couldn't help wondering: Why?
  • Some have argued that the upshot of this is the emasculated man, unable to assert himself in his relationship, and also of the frazzled, controlling matriarch, who feels under pressure and under-appreciated.
  • My frazzled brain keeps on trying to master the fundamentals and yesterday I proudly completed my first ‘tough’ puzzle (four hours, twelve minutes).
1.1Fray: change the skirt if it gets frazzled figurative it’s enough to frazzle the nerves
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  • If you're feeling frenetic, fragmented and frazzled, that ultimately cannot be good for your students.
  • Amy took a deep breath, trying to calm her frazzled emotions.
  • It's a chance to refuel, repair frazzled nerves, settle your frustrated children and consider whether or not your mother-in-law deserves better than a novelty egg-timer or a set of napkin rings.


(a frazzle)
The state of being completely exhausted or worn out: I’m tired, worn to a frazzle
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  • They figured that all men in the western hemisphere would be worn to a frazzle because they would try to watch all the matches (which all show in the wee hours of the morning) AND go to work too.
  • As he didn't want Tanj worn to a frazzle, he directed her to gather ‘reinforcements‘.
  • Worrying about the kid already had him worn to a frazzle.


Early 19th century (originally dialect): perhaps a blend of fray1 and obsolete fazle 'ravel out', of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with frazzle

basil, bedazzle, dazzle, razzle

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Syllabification: fraz·zle

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