[ leep-frog, -frawg ]
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  1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist.

  2. an advance from one place, position, or situation to another without progressing through all or any of the places or stages in between: a leapfrog from bank teller to vice president in one short year.

verb (used with object),leap·frogged, leap·frog·ging.
  1. to jump over (a person or thing) in or as if in leapfrog: He leapfrogged the fence to reach the crying child.

  2. to move or cause to move as if in leapfrog: Manufacturers are leapfrogging prices because the cost of raw materials has doubled.

verb (used without object),leap·frogged, leap·frog·ging.
  1. to move or advance in or as if in leapfrog: Our tour leapfrogged through six cities in four days.

Origin of leapfrog

First recorded in 1590–1600; leap + frog1

Other words from leapfrog

  • leapfrogger, noun

Words Nearby leapfrog

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How to use leapfrog in a sentence

  • leapfrog and the three-cornered game of "cat" were favourite pastimes, but nothing broke the monotony.

    From the Bottom Up | Alexander Irvine
  • A pretty joke indeed that he should think of the beautiful Miss leapfrog, he who is not worth a rap, and is as ugly as a toad.

British Dictionary definitions for leapfrog


/ (ˈliːpˌfrɒɡ) /

  1. a children's game in which each player in turn leaps over the others' bent backs, leaning on them with the hands and spreading the legs wide

verb-frogs, -frogging or -frogged
    • (intr) to play leapfrog

    • (tr) to leap in this way over (something)

  1. to advance or cause to advance by jumps or stages

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