frazzle (v.) c.1825, "to unravel" (of clothing), from E.Anglian variant of 17c. fasel "to unravel, fray" (like the end of a rope), from M.E. facelyn "to fray" (mid-15c.), from fasylle "fringe, frayed edge," dim. of O.E. fæs "fringe." Cf. Ger. Faser "thread, fiber, filament," M.Du. vese "fringe, fiber, chaff." Probably influenced in form by fray (v.). Related: Frazzled. As a noun, from 1865, Amer.Eng.

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