To frazzle is to tire or wear someone out. Traffic jams and looming deadlines tend to frazzle people.

Frazzle is a funny-looking word, but it means something not-so-funny: being exhausted, physically or mentally. Parents are frazzled by their children crying and running around. A difficult job like serving as a police officer is extremely frazzling. Doing anything that takes a mental, emotional, or physical toll is frazzling. When someone feels tired, they will often say "I'm frazzled!"

Definitions of frazzle
  1. verb
    exhaust physically or emotionally
    “She was frazzled after the visit of her in-laws”
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    type of:
    beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up
    wear out completely
  2. noun
    a state of extreme exhaustion
    “he was worn to a frazzle
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    type of:
    extreme fatigue
  3. verb
    wear away by rubbing
    synonyms: fray
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    type of:
    break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
    go to pieces
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