- a college or high-school freshman.
Origin of frosh
First recorded in 1910–15; by alteration and shortening
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Examples from the Web for frosh
The latter, in a spirit of fun, several times sent a poor “frosh” up to the top floor when she should have remained on the first.The Orchard Secret
- US and Canadian slang a freshman
C20: altered from freshman
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Word Origin and History for frosh
student colloquial shortening and alteration of freshman, attested by 1915, "perh. under influence of German frosch frog, (dial.) grammar-school pupil" [OED].
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