a male given name, form of Frederick.




Antoinette,1888–1946, U.S. actress, theatrical manager, and producer.
Bliss,1860–1954, U.S. educator, literary critic, and editor.
Frederick JohnFred, 1909–1995, British tennis player.
Matthew Cal·braith [kal-breyth] /ˈkæl breɪθ/, 1794–1858, U.S. commodore.
his brotherOliver 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fred

bar, thud, X, waldo, whatchamacallit, wombat

Examples from the Web for fred

Contemporary Examples of fred

Historical Examples of fred

  • For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The money must have been too great a temptation to him and to Fred.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Then Fred rode over, and placed himself at Mr. Bodery's disposal.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Fred had his flat, and I engaged him to take a part of our luggage to Northwest River.

  • Take a basin of water and a sponge, Fred, and wash the dust off.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for fred


noun plural -ries

alcoholic drink made of pears, similar in taste to cider

Word Origin for perry

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
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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