frazzle


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fraz·zle

 (frăz′əl) Informal
v. fraz·zled, fraz·zling, fraz·zles
v.tr.
1. To wear away along the edges; fray.
2. To exhaust physically or emotionally.
v.intr.
1. To become worn away along the edges.
2. To become exhausted physically or emotionally.
n.
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).]

frazzle

(ˈfræzəl)
vb
1. informal to make or become exhausted or weary; tire out
2. a less common word for fray21
n
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]

fraz•zle

(ˈfræz əl)

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]

frazzle


Past participle: frazzled
Gerund: frazzling

Imperative
frazzle
frazzle
Present
I frazzle
you frazzle
he/she/it frazzles
we frazzle
you frazzle
they frazzle
Preterite
I frazzled
you frazzled
he/she/it frazzled
we frazzled
you frazzled
they frazzled
Present Continuous
I am frazzling
you are frazzling
he/she/it is frazzling
we are frazzling
you are frazzling
they are frazzling
Present Perfect
I have frazzled
you have frazzled
he/she/it has frazzled
we have frazzled
you have frazzled
they have frazzled
Past Continuous
I was frazzling
you were frazzling
he/she/it was frazzling
we were frazzling
you were frazzling
they were frazzling
Past Perfect
I had frazzled
you had frazzled
he/she/it had frazzled
we had frazzled
you had frazzled
they had frazzled
Future
I will frazzle
you will frazzle
he/she/it will frazzle
we will frazzle
you will frazzle
they will frazzle
Future Perfect
I will have frazzled
you will have frazzled
he/she/it will have frazzled
we will have frazzled
you will have frazzled
they will have frazzled
Future Continuous
I will be frazzling
you will be frazzling
he/she/it will be frazzling
we will be frazzling
you will be frazzling
they will be frazzling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been frazzling
you have been frazzling
he/she/it has been frazzling
we have been frazzling
you have been frazzling
they have been frazzling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been frazzling
you will have been frazzling
he/she/it will have been frazzling
we will have been frazzling
you will have been frazzling
they will have been frazzling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been frazzling
you had been frazzling
he/she/it had been frazzling
we had been frazzling
you had been frazzling
they had been frazzling
Conditional
I would frazzle
you would frazzle
he/she/it would frazzle
we would frazzle
you would frazzle
they would frazzle
Past Conditional
I would have frazzled
you would have frazzled
he/she/it would have frazzled
we would have frazzled
you would have frazzled
they would have frazzled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Verb1.frazzle - wear away by rubbing; "The friction frayed the sleeve"
fall apart, wear out, bust, wear, break - go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
2.frazzle - exhaust physically or emotionally; "She was frazzled after the visit of her in-laws"
exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up, beat - wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"
Translations

frazzle

[ˈfræzl]
A. N it was burned to a frazzlequedó carbonizado
to beat sb to a frazzle (Sport) → dar una soberana paliza a algn
to be worn to a frazzleestar hecho un trapo or migas
B. VT (US) → agotar, rendir

frazzle

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 frazzlesich total kaputtmachen (inf)
vt (inf)
(US: = fray) → ausfransen
(fig: = tire) → völlig erschöpfen or ermüden; his nerves were frazzleder war mit den Nerven völlig am Ende (inf)

frazzle

[ˈfræzl] n (fam) burnt to a frazzle (dinner) → completamente carbonizzato/a
worn to a frazzle (person) → ridotto/a a uno straccio
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