- a brand of plastic concave disk, used for various catching games by sailing it between two or more players and thrown by making it spin as it is released with a flick of the wrist.
Origin of Frisbee
Examples from the Web for frisbee
Maybe we ought to call the Fire Department, like they did for old Mrs. Frisbee.What's He Doing in There?
Fritz Reuter Leiber
Nor even heard anything about Frisbee, nor what happened to him?
Do you remember anything of the killing of a man named Frisbee over in Fresno three years ago?
Not all of us are gifted with the power of repartee by which my friend Frisbee turned the edge of the barber's desires.Cobb's Anatomy
Irvin S. Cobb
- trademark a light plastic disc, usually 20–25 centimetres in diameter, thrown with a spinning motion for recreation or in competition
Word Origin and History for frisbee
1957, trademark registered 1959 by Wham-O Co., the prototype modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies, made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S. Middlebury College students began tossing them around in the 1930s (though Yale and Princeton also claim to have discovered their aerodynamic qualities).
Thirteen years ago the Wham-O Manufacturing Company of San Gabriel, Calif., ... brought out the first Frisbee. Wham-O purchased the rights from a Los Angeles building inspector named Fred Morrison, who in turn had been inspired by the airworthy pie tins of the Frisbie Bakery in Bridgeport, Conn. (which went out of business in March of 1958). He changed the spelling to avoid legal problems. ["Sports Illustrated," Aug. 3, 1970]
The family name is attested in English records from 1226, from a place name in Leicestershire (Frisby on the Wreak), attested from 1086, from Old Danish, meaning "farmstead or village of the Frisians."