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[fris-koh] /ˈfrɪs koʊ/
noun, Informal.
San Francisco.
Origin of Frisco
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He came West in 1850, and was running a little shipping store in 'Frisco.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There's the deed out in 'Frisco, with yours and John's name on it.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Our chance lay on the deck of the Southern Cross, and after that at 'Frisco.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • Are you going on to 'Frisco' as you first thought of doing, Dunbar?

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • For a minute I thought one of them 'Frisco ague spells had come east.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • It will last me some time, and perhaps start me in something in Frisco.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Let me get to Frisco first, and I can at once dispose of it, and he will never find me out.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • If I could only get to Frisco, I would go into some business.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • They ran a laundry together, and by'n'by they came on to Frisco and ran a laundry there.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • The 'Frisco papers had all the particulars last night; may be it's for that fellow.

Word Origin and History for Frisco

colloquial shortening of San Francisco, California, U.S., attested by 1856.

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



San Francisco, California: Ever been to Frisco? (1854+)

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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