[ froh ]
See synonyms for fro on
  1. Obsolete. from; back.

Idioms about fro

  1. to and fro, alternating from one place to another; back and forth: The trees were swaying to and fro in the wind.

Origin of fro

1150–1200; Middle English frō, frā<Old Norse frā from; akin to Old English framfrom

Other definitions for 'fro (2 of 2)


or fro

[ froh ]

adjective, noun,plural 'fros.Informal.
  1. shortened form of Afro.

Origin of 'fro

First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fro in a sentence

  • From Mad Men's Jon Hamm to Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick, torso-fros are (finally) making a comeback.

    The Return of Chest Hair | Jessi Klein | December 16, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Oscillations, again, are surgings to and fro: the crystal tends to let the "tos" go through and to stop the "fros."

  • Dar wuz a ring out yonder on de grass de fust thing dis mawnin', en de fros' ain' never so much ez teched it.

    The Builders | Ellen Glasgow
  • "Dar's gwine ter be er killin' fros' fo' mawnin'," said Moses, his teeth chattering from the draught let in by the opening door.

    The Voice of the People | Ellen Glasgow
  • He had allowed it to grow upon Joe Lamont's assertion that "de wheesker, she's help keep hout de fros', Bagosh."

    Burned Bridges | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • For there are windings, and tos and fros, in His ways, which blind bodies like us cannot see.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford | Samuel Rutherford

British Dictionary definitions for fro (1 of 2)


/ (frəʊ) /

  1. back or from: See to and fro

Origin of fro

C12: from Old Norse frā; related to Old English fram from

British Dictionary definitions for fro (2 of 2)



/ (frəʊ) /

nounplural fros or 'fros
  1. short for Afro

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Other Idioms and Phrases with fro


see to and fro.

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