noun Northeastern U.S. (chiefly Eastern New England ).

a milkshake made with ice cream.

Also frappé.

Origin of frappe

see origin at frappé


[fra-pey; French fra-pey]

noun, plural frap·pés [fra-peyz; French fra-pey] /fræˈpeɪz; French fraˈpeɪ/.

a fruit juice mixture frozen to a mush, to be served as a dessert, appetizer, or relish.
an after-dinner drink consisting of a liqueur, as crème de menthe, poured over cracked or shaved ice.
Ballet. a beating of the toe of the working foot against the ankle of the supporting foot.


chilled; iced; frozen.

verb (used with object), frap·péed, frap·pé·ing.

to make a frappé of: to frappé rum, fruit juice, and cracked ice.

Origin of frappé

1840–50; < French: past participle of frapper to ice, strike Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frappe

Historical Examples of frappe

  • "A frappe with blotting-paper on the side," Mr. Moody snarled from the slot-machine.

    Where There's A Will

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • To frappe a bottle of wine, we stood it on the porch; in a few minutes it would pour crystals.

    Vanished Arizona

    Martha Summerhayes

  • In these days of prudery, almost all women of rank appear 'frappe a la glace', like a bottle of champagne.

    Gerfaut, Complete

    Charles de Bernard

  • Orange frappe is simply an orange water ice frozen to a mush and served in frappe glasses.

British Dictionary definitions for frappe



a drink consisting of a liqueur, etc, poured over crushed ice


(postpositive) (esp of drinks) chilled; iced

Word Origin for frappé

C19: from French, from frapper to strike, hence, chill; see frap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for frappe

"iced drink," 1922, American English (earlier as an adjective, "iced," 1848), from French frappé, from past participle of frapper "to chill," literally "to beat," from Old French fraper "to hit, strike" (see frap (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper