frog

1
[frog, frawg]

noun

verb (used without object), frogged, frog·ging.

to hunt and catch frogs.

adjective

(often initial capital letter) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. French or Frenchlike.

Origin of frog

1
before 1000; Middle English frogge, Old English frogga, frocga; compare dial., Middle English frosh, Old Norse froskr, Old High German frosk (German Frosch); defs 5, 6 of unclear derivation
Related formsfrog·like, adjective
Can be confusedfrog toad

Usage note

The use of the word frog to mean “a French person” is a slur that arose because the French were stereotypically thought of as eating frogs.

frog

2
[frog, frawg]

noun

an ornamental fastening for the front of a coat, consisting of a button and a loop through which it passes.
a sheath suspended from a belt and supporting a scabbard.

Origin of frog

2
1710–20; perhaps < Portuguese froco < Latin floccus flock2

frog

3
[frog, frawg]

noun

Railroads. a device at the intersection of two tracks to permit the wheels and flanges on one track to cross or branch from the other.

Origin of frog

3
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; of uncertain origin

frog

4
[frog, frawg]

noun Zoology.

a triangular mass of elastic, horny substance in the middle of the sole of the foot of a horse or related animal.

Origin of frog

4
1600–10; compare earlier frush in same sense (probably < French fourchette fourchette); presumably identified with dial. frosh frog, hence with frog1
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Related Words for frog

toad, bullfrog, croaker, caecilian, polliwog

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British Dictionary definitions for frog

frog

1

noun

any insectivorous anuran amphibian of the family Ranidae, such as Rana temporaria of Europe, having a short squat tailless body with a moist smooth skin and very long hind legs specialized for hopping
any of various similar amphibians of related families, such as the tree frogRelated adjective: batrachian
any spiked or perforated object used to support plant stems in a flower arrangement
a recess in a brick to reduce its weight
a frog in one's throat phlegm on the vocal cords that affects one's speech

verb frogs, frogging or frogged

(intr) to hunt or catch frogs

Word Origin for frog

Old English frogga; related to Old Norse froskr, Old High German forsk

frog

2

noun

(often plural) a decorative fastening of looped braid or cord, as on the front of a 19th-century military uniform
a loop or other attachment on a belt to hold the scabbard of a sword, etc
music, US and Canadian
  1. the ledge or ridge at the upper end of the fingerboard of a violin, cello, etc, over which the strings pass to the tuning pegs
  2. the end of a violin bow that is held by the playerAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): nut

Word Origin for frog

C18: perhaps ultimately from Latin floccus tuft of hair, flock ²

frog

3

noun

a tough elastic horny material in the centre of the sole of a horse's foot

Word Origin for frog

C17: of uncertain origin

frog

4

noun

a grooved plate of iron or steel placed to guide train wheels over an intersection of railway lines

Word Origin for frog

C19: of uncertain origin; perhaps a special use of frog 1

Frog

Froggy (ˈfrɒɡɪ)

noun plural Frogs or Froggies

a derogatory word for a French person
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Word Origin and History for frog
n.1

Old English frogga, a diminutive of frox, forsc, frosc "frog," from Proto-Germanic *fruska-z (cf. Old Norse froskr, Middle Dutch vorsc, German Frosch "frog"), probably literally "hopper," from PIE root *preu- "to hop" (cf. Sanskrit provate "hops," Russian prygat "to hop, jump").

The Latin word (rana) is imitative of croaking. Collateral Middle English forms frude, froud are from Old Norse frauðr "frog," and frosk "frog" survived in English dialects into the 19c.

I always eat fricasseed frogs regretfully; they remind one so much of miniature human thighs, and make one feel cannibalistic and horrid .... [H. Ellen Brown, "A Girl's Wanderings in Hungary," 1896]

As a derogatory term for "Frenchman," 1778 (short for frog-eater), but before that (1650s) it meant "Dutch" (from frog-land "marshy land"). To have a frog in the throat "be hoarse" is from 1892, from the "croaking" sound.

n.2

fastening for clothing, 1719, originally a belt loop for carrying a weapon, of unknown origin; perhaps from Portuguese froco, from Latin floccus "flock of wool."

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