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[fred] /frɛd/
a male given name, form of Frederick.


[per-ee] /ˈpɛr i/
Antoinette, 1888–1946, U.S. actress, theatrical manager, and producer.
Bliss, 1860–1954, U.S. educator, literary critic, and editor.
Frederick John ("Fred") 1909–1995, British tennis player.
Matthew Calbraith
[kal-breyth] /ˈkæl breɪθ/ (Show IPA),
1794–1858, U.S. commodore.
his brother, Oliver Hazard, 1785–1819, U.S. naval officer.
Ralph Barton, 1876–1957, U.S. philosopher and educator.
a male given name: from a Middle English word meaning “pear tree.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Just then Fred entered the Exchange in search of a broker he wanted to see.

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
  • Fred and Peter saw an opening and, in keeping with your instructions, moved in.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Fred caught from Perry the spirit of the new era in farming.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Three-year-old Jamie and five-year-old Fred came trooping in behind.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • "A little long-winded, Spouter, but you hit the nail on the head," answered Fred.

British Dictionary definitions for Fred


noun (pl) -ries
alcoholic drink made of pears, similar in taste to cider
Word Origin
C14 pereye, from Old French peré, ultimately from Latin pirum pear


Fred(erick John). 1909–95, English tennis and table-tennis player; world singles table-tennis champion (1929); as a tennis player he won eight Grand Slam singles titles including the US Open three times (1933–34, 1936) and Wimbledon three times (1934–36)
Grayson. born 1960, English potter, embroiderer, and film-maker; won the Turner Prize (2003).
Matthew Calbraith. 1794–1858, US naval officer, who led a naval expedition to Japan that obtained a treaty (1854) opening up Japan to western trade
his brother, Oliver Hazard. 1785–1819, US naval officer. His defeat of a British squadron on Lake Erie (1813) was the turning point in the War of 1812, leading to the recapture of Detroit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Fred


surname attested from late 12c., literally "dweller by the pear tree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Fred



A despised person; geek, jerk: When Mark missed an easy shot, his friends called him a fred

[1980s+ Students; fr the name of a character in the television show and movie The Flintstones]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Fred in Technology

Robert Carr. Language used by Framework, Ashton-Tate.
[Jargon File]

1. The personal name most frequently used as a metasyntactic variable (see foo). Allegedly popular because it's easy for a non-touch-typist to type on a standard QWERTY keyboard. Unlike J. Random Hacker or "J. Random Loser", this name has no positive or negative loading (but see Mbogo, Dr. Fred). See also barney.
2. An acronym for "Flipping Ridiculous Electronic Device"; other F-verbs may be substituted for "flipping".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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