[frig-in, -ing]

adjective, adverb Slang: Vulgar.

(used as a euphemistic intensifier).

Origin of frigging

1700–10 for earlier gerund sense; 1920–25 for current sense; frig1 + -ing2; euphemistically echoing fucking


[frig]Slang: Vulgar.

verb (used with object), frigged, frig·ging.

to copulate with.
to take advantage of; victimize.
to masturbate.

verb (used without object), frigged, frig·ging.

to copulate.
to masturbate.

Verb Phrases

frig around/about, to fool around; waste time.

Origin of frig

1425–75; earlier, to move about restlessly, rub; late Middle English friggen to quiver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frigging

Contemporary Examples of frigging

Historical Examples of frigging

  • Frigging Florida labor laws meant that you had to give cost-of-living raises every year, and it added up.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for frigging


adjective, adverb (prenominal)

slang (intensifier)it's only a frigging game; frigging hopeless

Word Origin for frigging

C20: euphemism for fucking


verb frigs, frigging or frigged taboo, slang

to have sexual intercourse (with)
to masturbate
(intr; foll by around, about, etc) to behave foolishly or aimlessly

Word Origin for frig

C15 (in the sense: to wriggle): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to obsolete frike strong, or to Old English frīgan to love
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 frigging

by 1936 as an expletive, from present participle of frig.



"to move about restlessly," mid-15c., perhaps a variant of frisk (q.v.). As a euphemism for "to fuck" it dates from 1680s, earlier as "to masturbate" (1670s). Related: Frigged; frigging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper