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v. fraz·zled, fraz·zling, fraz·zles
1. To wear away along the edges; fray.
2. To exhaust physically or emotionally.
1. To become worn away along the edges.
2. To become exhausted physically or emotionally.
1. A frayed or tattered condition.
2. A condition of exhaustion: worked themselves to a frazzle.
[Perhaps a blend of fray and dialectal fazzle, to unravel (from Middle English facelyn, to fray, from fasel, frayed edge, probably diminutive of fas, rootlets, from Old English fæs).]
1. informal to make or become exhausted or weary; tire out
2. a less common word for fray21
3. informal the state of being frazzled or exhausted
4. a frayed end or remnant
5. to a frazzle informal absolutely; completely (esp in the phrase burnt to a frazzle)
[C19: probably from Middle English faselen to fray, from fasel fringe; influenced by fray2]
v. -zled, -zling,
n. v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become physically or mentally fatigued.
2. to wear to threads or shreds; fray.n.
3. a state of physical or nervous exhaustion: worn to a frazzle.
[1815–25; b. fray2 and fazzle, Middle English faselen to unravel]
Past participle: frazzled
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|Noun||1.||frazzle - a state of extreme exhaustion; "he was worn to a frazzle"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
exhaustion - extreme fatigue
|Verb||1.||frazzle - wear away by rubbing; "The friction frayed the sleeve"|
|2.||frazzle - exhaust physically or emotionally; "She was frazzled after the visit of her in-laws"|
n (inf) burnt to a frazzle (Brit, toast, meat) → völlig verkohlt; (= sunburnt) → von der Sonne total verbrannt; worn to a frazzle (= exhausted) → total kaputt (inf); to wear oneself to a frazzle → sich total kaputtmachen (inf)