[ frok ]
/ frɒk /


a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman.
a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock.
a coarse outer garment with large sleeves, worn by monks.

verb (used with object)

to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
to invest with priestly or clerical office.


Nearby words

  1. fro,
  2. fro-yo,
  3. frobisher,
  4. frobisher bay,
  5. frobisher, sir martin,
  6. frock coat,
  7. frock tart,
  8. frocking,
  9. froe,
  10. froebel

Origin of frock

1300–50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat

Related formsfrock·less, adjectiveun·der·frock, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frock


/ (frɒk) /


a girl's or woman's dress
a loose garment of several types, such as a peasant's smock
a coarse wide-sleeved outer garment worn by members of some religious orders


(tr) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric

Word Origin for frock

C14: from Old French froc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat

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Word Origin and History for frock



mid-14c., from Old French froc "a monk's habit" (12c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Frankish *hrok or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hroc "mantle, coat;" Old Norse rokkr, Old English rocc, Old Frisian rokk, German Rock "coat"), from PIE root *rug- "to spin."

Another theory traces it to Medieval Latin floccus, from Latin floccus "flock of wool." Meaning "outer garment for women or children" is from 1530s. Frock-coat attested by 1823.

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