1. (orig. US, also frazzle-assed, frazzled out) emotionally drained, physically exhausted.
|Amer. Philological Association Transactions XIV 48: We have also in the South the expression all frazled out, figuratively used, about equivalent to ‘used up’ [DA].|
|Vandover and the Brute (1914) 227: What’s all the matter with you? You look all frazzled out, all pale around the wattles.|
|Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum XIX n.p.: My soul is quite a worn and frazzled rag.|
|Varmint 335: His neckties were frazzled.|
|John Barleycorn (1989) 137: We were frazzled wrecks.|
|Young Man of Manhattan 87: Ann telephoned Eunice Hay, who said she was ‘utterly frazzled’.|
|Foundry 135: I feel as worn out and frazzled as you do about it.|
|letter 30 June in Mitgang (1968) 365: I am frazzled and punchdrunk.|
|Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 56: A frazzled audience left the theater, talking, discussing, protesting, and attacking the play.‘Summer Tryout’ in|
|San Quentin 31: Our nerves were frazzled.|
|Joint (1972) 121: It is very late Sunday night at the frazzled end of an overly festive chemical weekend.letter 4 Sept. in|
|Brides in Love I:25 July 18: Ever since Marvin had been so unattentive my nerves had become more and more frazzled.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 34: The cops were just too tired and frazzled to take any crap.|
|London Fields 358: He stood in the kitchen, as frazzled as London traffic.|
|Legs 28: I’ll be frazzle-assed from lack of sleep.|
|Observer Rev. 30 May 2: I spotted the frazzled rep.|
|Call of the Weird (2006) 27: Bob seemed frazzled and I was grouchy.|
2. (orig. US) drunk.
|AS IV:2 102: basted [...] frazzled, fried, full, geezed.‘Sl. Synonyms for ‘Drunk’ in|
|Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 568: It is to those days before the Civil War that we owe many of the colorful American terms for [...] drunk, e.g., [...] frazzled, fried, oiled, ossified, pifflicated.|
3. (US drugs) under the influence of a drug, e.g. cocaine or marijuana.
|Listening to America 131: A frazzled young man with glazed eyes stumbled past me.|
|Layer Cake 71: [of cocaine] In his highly frazzled state he’s always telling the bird that he don’t give a fuck about cozzers.|