One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Fry or grill with a sizzling noise.‘Elsie had the fat frizzling in the frying pan’
sizzle, crackle, fizz, hiss, spit, sputter, crack, snapView synonyms
- ‘While the bacon was frizzling nicely, there was the sound of horses’ hoofs behind us.’
- ‘The potatoes had scarcely started to boil and the sausages were already frizzling and going black.’
- ‘For the vegetarian, there are thatches of frizzled okra, and tender baby eggplants floating in a curry-leaf peanut sauce.’
- 1.1with object Fry until crisp, shriveled, or burned.‘add diced frizzled salt pork to taste’
- ‘Our little table devoured a bowl of crispy fried clams (with frizzled bits of parsley and lemon, and a cup of coriander-flavored aïoli for dipping) so quickly we had to order another.’
- ‘So do skinny, beautifully seasoned little green beans that have been frizzled a bit on the grill.’
- ‘In the crowded roasted-meats category, the loin chops of lamb seemed best, despite stiff competition from the sweetbreads and a simple country chicken with frizzled sprigs of thyme under the crackly skin.’
- ‘Second, what do you really want: a plate of crisp, frizzled, streaky rashers or something meatier?’
The sound or act of frying.‘the frizzle of the pan’
Mid 18th century: from fry, probably influenced by sizzle.
Form (hair) into tight curls.
curl, coil, crimp, crinkle, kink, wave, frizzView synonyms
- ‘The seats in each row are only about four centimeters higher than the seats in front of them, so that my experience of M. Ward's performance is profoundly hampered by the wispy, frizzled locks of the enormous, grotesque head in front of me.’
- ‘I stopped just in time, patted out my frizzled hair and open the door.’
- ‘He was ruffled and sleepy looking, his eyes bloodshot and his hair frizzled.’
- ‘The German historian, his hair and beard frizzled, was sitting on the edge of his bed and gestured wildly at the physician.’
- ‘She got up slowly, patting her frizzled hair down as she slunk to the middle of the room.’
- ‘Her hair was long, bushy, and frizzled.’
- ‘She hadn't thought of Morina as beautiful, with her slightly frizzled, rust-colored hair, large eyes, long nose and high cheekbones.’
- ‘There he stood before a figure with a long black robe and frizzled, unkempt white hair poking out at odd angles from beneath a black hat.’
- ‘Sparks just waved his hand dismissively as she strolled into his bedroom, running a hand through her frizzled hair.’
- ‘She busied herself with twirling her fingers around the end of her smooth hair, a blessing considering her mother homed rough frizzled locks that never remained tame.’
- ‘There stood a middle-aged woman, probably in her late thirties, with thick bookworm glasses, frizzled caramel-colored hair, and an outdated dress.’
- ‘When she reached up to push my frizzled hair back, I broke down and cried and whined.’
- ‘She was tired, her usually shiny locks were a frizzled mess and hung on a clip against the crown of her head.’
- ‘The door swung open to reveal Helen in a shadowy blue nightgown with her red hair all frizzled, her glasses tangled in her messy hair.’
- ‘Her eyes were bloodshot, her black hair frizzled, her shoulders slouched.’
- ‘He smiled as he smoothed out her frizzled hair.’
- ‘She had black frizzled hair and a rather large build.’
- ‘Boulud has imported his famous recipe for pork belly and lentils, only this version is garnished with frizzled leeks and two curled shavings of black truffle.’
- ‘My hair is a frizzled mass around my head but I don't seem to care.’
- ‘Her eyes followed her finger to a smallish boy with frizzled brown hair and a headband holding it all back.’
A tight curl in hair.
- ‘You can zap frizzles by applying pomade to wet hair.’
Mid 16th century: from frizz + -le.
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