[ frosh ]
/ frɒʃ /

noun, plural frosh. Informal.

a college or high-school freshman.

Origin of frosh

First recorded in 1910–15; by alteration and shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

British Dictionary definitions for frosh


/ (frɒʃ) /


US and Canadian slang a freshman

Word Origin for frosh

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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