Definition of frizz in English:

frizz

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Form (hair) into a mass of small, tight curls or tufts.

    ‘her hair was frizzed up in a style that seemed matronly’
    • ‘It was too much work to frizz it up, so I was just going to stuff it under a baseball cap again.’
    • ‘She pulled the comforter off of her head, frizzing her mousy brown hair.’
    • ‘Her long, scarlet hair hung loose from the French braids, and was frizzed from the night's sleep.’
    • ‘My hair was frizzed and my natural curls had returned.’
    • ‘That summer the Puerto Rican girls had straightened their hair like Mariah Carey but the white girls were still frizzing their hair out with big perms.’
    • ‘My hair will still be wet when she comes; I won't have time to frizz it up.’
    • ‘A fringe of frizzed hair conceals a narrow band.’
    • ‘His hair was all frizzed up and he wore a happy smile.’
    • ‘Her hair was frizzed and disheveled from a night of worry and sorrow.’
    • ‘According to President Watson, rumor has it that Denver was chosen because ‘the weather did not frizz one's hair.’’
    • ‘She had frizzed black hair and wore a severe navy blue blazer and skirt.’
    • ‘His brown, wavy hair was frizzed from tossing in his sleep and he was breathing heavily.’
    • ‘Her wine red hair was frizzed, and her jaw was clenched.’
    • ‘My hair was limp, stringy, greasy, and frizzed from all the dyeing I did to it.’
    • ‘Priya was a mad scientist; she wore a white lab coat with her hair frizzed out to the ends.’
    • ‘Hairdressers for a long time have been trying to perfect curling hair without damaging or frizzing the ends.’
    • ‘It was like he had dumped water on himself and frizzed his hair around.’
    • ‘Around the same time, French women frizzed their hair with heat and then sculpted it to towering heights.’
    • ‘She had gray frizzed hair tied back in a loose bun and she was wearing a long, black dress.’
    • ‘The day is hot, humid, and overcast - the kind of day that frizzes hair and dampens spirits.’
    curly, curled, corkscrew, crimped, crinkled, crinkly, kinked, kinky, waved, frizzed, corrugated
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    1. 1.1[no object](of hair) form itself into a mass of small tight curls.
      ‘his hair had frizzed out symmetrically’
      • ‘She cried as her pretty curls began to frizz in the rain.’
      • ‘My hair can frizz out to double its size in 4 minutes on a humid day.’
      • ‘Here at Chiggy we understand how different curly hair is - how it shrinks, frizzes and needs lots of moisture.’
      • ‘The crimson ribbon had unraveled and his silver-blonde hair was spilling out over his shoulders, frizzing slightly.’
      • ‘It has a tendency to frizz up and stick out over my ears so I look like a crazed koala.’
      • ‘It also keeps hair from frizzing and protects it, especially the ends, before flat-ironing.’
      • ‘My eyeliner is all smudged, and my hair is frizzing out in tendrils because of the humidity.’
      • ‘Needless to say, his hair frizzed massively.’
      • ‘Since dry hair is most likely to frizz and look dull, it really needs moisture.’
      • ‘Are you fed up of your hair frizzing up whenever you step out into damp and humid air?’
      • ‘Make sure that the split end areas are dried as straight as possible since splits look worse when they are allowed to wave, curl, frizz or spike out.’
      • ‘It was straight, but she had small curls around her forehead from the rain and it was starting to frizz slightly.’
      • ‘They are smoother than mesh rollers and less likely to catch the hair, causing it to tangle or frizz.’
      • ‘Looking over to the small mirror hung on the wall, Nicola noticed her hair was still in the knot Lenni had put it in for the ball, but now some hair had fallen out of it while other parts frizzed.’
      • ‘Long locks of once-blonde hair now frizzed in greasy clumps filled with dirt and thorns.’
      • ‘Her dark red hair frizzed in a manner that would have been comical if her gaze was not one of hatred.’
      • ‘She didn't have very long hair, and it was naturally wavy, so when let down it started to frizz.’
      • ‘I sighed as I realized how much my hair had frizzed from the rain.’
      • ‘We recommend using a Silicon spray to protect the synthetic hair from frizzing, drying out and fading’
      • ‘Danny Masterson, highly annoyed at the the moisture in the summer air frizzing up his perfectly gelled hair, moped around from station to station.’

noun

  • The state of being formed into a mass of tight curls or tufts.

    ‘a perm designed to add curl without frizz’
    • ‘I've also realised lately that if I don't towel-dry my hair, but apply product right away and let it dry evenly, there's a lot less frizz.’
    • ‘His essential hair products for summer are a good leave-in conditioner and an anti-chlorine shampoo - although to prevent frizz, try not to shampoo too often.’
    • ‘When used on already dry hair, a flat iron, explains Romero, locks in moisture, creating smooth and shiny locks while eliminating frizz.’
    • ‘Tame your hair into dreads and don't wash so it eventually reaches the state where it cleans and takes care of itself and washing it would only stir up the dormant dandruff, and cause unnecessary frizz.’
    • ‘To cut frizz and shape curls, twist small sections of wet hair around your finger (the sections will remain when you remove your finger) and let them air-dry.’
    • ‘‘It got rid of my frizz but didn't feel gooey or sticky like other products I've used,’ reported one tester with hard-to-manage locks.’
    • ‘Danilo says that these days, there's no excuse for frizz.’
    • ‘Because humidity is sealed out, it doesn't have a chance to cause frizz.’
    • ‘The key to re-creating this style at home is to contain any wild frizz and to let the curls naturally air-dry.’
    • ‘It's half curly, half straight with blonde on top and brown underneath and loads of frizz.’
    • ‘A weekly deep-conditioning mask will add moisture and combat the frizz.’
    • ‘We're finishing hair with new products that control frizz and fuzz, but keep it soft and sexy.’
    • ‘Otherwise, that is if I've slept on it, I generally have it in a ponytail because at least then the frizz isn't evident unless I turn around.’
    • ‘Developed with us in mind, it helps eliminate frizz and gives hair a smooth finish.’
    • ‘Doing the opposite will only cause the hair cuticle to become rough, creating unnecessary frizz.’
    • ‘She has long, straight brown hair completely free of frizz and deep blue eyes.’
    • ‘This technique works best on straight hair and can be risky for frizzy hair, as poorly executed razoring can make the frizz worse.’
    • ‘She looked lovely, aside from the mess of half-formed curls and frizz that sat atop her head.’
    • ‘After dealing with frizz and the issues faced by blondes, he turned his attention to brunettes, whose main complaint was dull, listless hair.’
    • ‘So whether your concern is dullness, damage, frizz or fragility, we have the answers to ease even the toughest hair-care woes.’
    mass, mane, mop, thatch, head, crop, bush, cloud, frizz, fuzz, foam, curls, tangle, chaos, cascade, quiff, halo
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense dress leather with pumice): from French friser. The sense form hair into a mass of curls dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation:

frizz

/friz/