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  • Falscher Eintrag

    frazzled - zerfetzt




    erschöpft/abgehetzt, aufgewühlt?

    Beispiele/ Definitionen mit Quellen
    [with object]
    1 (as adjective frazzled) completely exhausted:
    a frazzled parent
    2 cause to shrivel up with burning:
    we frazzle our hair with heated appliances

    [+ obj] informal : to make (someone) very nervous or upset 
    ▪ He's a clever player who knows how to frazzle his opponents. ▪ frazzle someone's nerves
    frazzled adjective [more frazzled; most frazzled]
    ▪ feeling very tired and frazzled ▪ frazzled nerves

    1 extremely tired, annoyed, and unable to deal with things
    Thesaurus entry for this meaning of frazzled
    2 [i]British burnt

    zer|fet|zen :
    1. in Fetzen reißen u. damit zerstören: die Zeitung, einen Brief z.; der Sturm hat die Fahne zerfetzt; Eine explodierende Tretmine hatte ihm den rechten Fuß zerfetzt (Spiegel 3, 1970, 31); Ü monotone elektrische Zehn-Minuten-Stücke, deren Bässe das Trommelfell z. können (Freie Presse 24. 6. 89, 6).
    2. verreißen (2): der Kritiker hat den Roman zerfetzt; Seine (= Schostakowitschs) Werke wurden von der Prawda zerfetzt, danach nicht mehr aufgeführt (Capital 2, 1980, 171).
    © 2000 Dudenverlag

    2. innerlich stark erregt, erschüttert
    Not sure what to offer as an alternative; the US definition sounds a bit different to the British one. Any suggestions?
    Verfasser CM2DD (236324) 15 Feb. 13, 15:12
    Löschung unterstützt - ich sehe keine Möglichkeit, "zerfetzt" so zu verwenden wie es den Erklärungen von "frazzled" entspricht.

    Mir ist noch "aufgewühlt" eingefallen, ich kannte aber das englische Wort "frazzled" bisher nicht, deshalb weiß ich nicht ob es passt.

    2) innerlich stark erregt, erschüttert
    #1VerfasserYora Unfug (694297) 15 Feb. 13, 15:19
    Kontext/ Beispiele
    " mit den Nerven am Ende / herunter / runter sein - geistig erschöpft / überlastet sein; deprimiert sein
    Wie wäre es denn mit "mit den Nerven am Ende" für diese Bedeutung von frazzled:
    1 extremely tired, annoyed, and unable to deal with things
    #2VerfasserSpinatwachtel (341764) 15 Feb. 13, 15:45

    to frazzle is rarely used; the past participle frazzled is however a good word, meaning not just tired, but stressed out and in need of a drink (eg, a mom chasing after three kids all day)

    #4VerfasserUrsuletulmare1 (1337543) 15 Feb. 22, 00:46

    Collins hat:

    to frazzle

    2. (fig: = tire) völlig erschöpfen or ermüden

     his nerves were frazzled - er war mit den Nerven völlig am Ende (inf)

    #5VerfasserMiMo (236780) 15 Feb. 22, 04:25


    fig. -

    mit den Nerven am Ende

    Kontext/ Beispiele


    frazzle –


    1: FRAY entry 2

    2 a: to put in a state of extreme physical or nervous fatigue

    b: UPSET


    1: the state of being frazzled

    2: a condition of fatigue or nervous exhaustion

    worn to a frazzle



    frazzle –

    (v. tr.)

    1. To wear away along the edges; fray.

    2. To exhaust physically or emotionally.

    (v. intr.)

    1. To become worn away along the edges.

    2. To become exhausted physically or emotionally.


    1. A frayed or tattered condition.

    2. A condition of exhaustion: worked themselves to a frazzle.

    [Perhaps a blend of FRAY2 and dialectal fazzle, to unravel (from Middle English facelyn, to fray, from fasel, frayed edge, probably diminutive of fas, rootlets, from Old English fæs ).]


    Random House unabridged:

    frazzle – (Informal.) —v.i., v.t. 1. to fray; wear to threads or shreds. 2. to weary; tire out: Those six eight-year-olds frazzled me. —n. 3. state of being frazzled or worn-out. 4. a remnant; shred.


    frayed nerves – angespannte Nerven

    Siehe Wörterbuch: frayed

    frazzle – der Fetzen 

    to frazzle (sth.) – (etw.[Akk.]) ausfransen

    to frazzle – zerfetzen

    frazzled Adj. – erschöpft

    frazzled Adj. – entnervt

    frazzled Adj. – fix und fertig (mit den Nerven)

    frazzled Adj. – mit den Nerven runter

    Siehe Wörterbuch: frazzle*


    The Oxford and Macmillan senses (2) do seem like outliers, so if those aren't wrong, there may indeed be AE/BE differences.

    >> ... 2 cause to shrivel up with burning:

    'we frazzle our hair with heated appliances'

    >> ... 2 [British] burnt

    I'm not aware of any AE sense that involves burning, and no AE dictionaries mention it. For burning hair I think we would normally say 'singe' or 'frizz(le).'

    My impression is that the sense of literally fraying, as of fabric, has mostly disappeared, but that frazzled nerves are simply another way of saying frayed nerves. 

    That is, the emphasis is on mental stress and nervous tension, not on tiredness or physical exhaustion in the first instance, even if those may be a secondary factor.

    As the poster in #4 points out, the participial adjective frazzled is almost the only surviving use of the verb. So that dated transitive Random House example wtte 'They frazzled me' is also an outlier, largely unidiomatic in the modern day.

    The noun, similarly, survives almost exclusively in the fixed phrase worn to a frazzle, which LEO also seems to be missing. I would support adding it and will search out some context examples.

    Meanwhile, yes, 'mit den Nerven am Ende' seems good.

    #6Verfasserhm -- us (236141)  15 Feb. 22, 07:26
    Kontext/ Beispiele
    Our Shattered Nurses ...
    Right now, Detroit is a coronavirus epicenter. ... in a city of 675,000 people, Detroit is a powder keg surrounded by a relentless fire. ...
    When the six nurses were ordered out, the ER’s day shift, already worn to a frazzle, was forced to work another 12-hour shift, which equates to 24 straight hours of chaos. Who among us can bear that? Every nurse knows somebody will die.


    For the next six years, Mahood was Mary Charlotte's 24-7 caregiver, until his wife of more than 50 years was moved to a long-term care facility about a year ago.
    "At the end, I had to dress her, bathe her. I had to do everything, she couldn't brush her teeth," he said. "When I look back, I don't even know how I did it myself.
    "I was worn to a frazzle."


    Though worn to a frazzle from 24 straight hours of surgery, Hawkeye and Potter offer to provide assistance at a Korean hospital near the battlefield.

    The end of a school year can be completely exhausting for a teacher. To see something end — something in which you have poured your thoughts, your training, your creativity, your sweat, your blood — can leave you feeling worn to a frazzle.

    Since 2009, then, I'd held down not one, not two, but four jobs. I worked 12- and 14-hour days, seven days a week.
    It wore me to a frazzle.
    I gained 30 pounds. My blood sugar spiraled out of control. I started suffering anxiety attacks ...


    I had so many trauma-affected students last year that I became overwhelmed. I began to suffer trauma of my own in a big way. One class in particular was completely full of kids who were daily powder kegs waiting for a spark. ... I’d wake up in cold sweats at 2 and 3 in the morning with those kids on my mind. ... It wore me to a frazzle and one day, it broke me. I pulled myself out of the classroom for 3 days. I went to the doctor, was placed on two anti-depressants, and began to see a therapist.

    We were left with Fred – 91 years of age, heart-broken, and with no family of his own to look after him.
    Supporting Fred became all-consuming, particularly for me as I was working at home at the time. My small business evaporated through lack of attention while I tended to Fred’s endless needs ...
    The stress of the situation wore me to a frazzle. I began to realise I was overwhelmed by the sheer physical and emotional load I was carrying ...



    Would it be okay to add this too?

    Is it also used in BE? At least one of these examples suggests it is ...
    #7Verfasserhm -- us (236141) 16 Feb. 22, 22:05
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