Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous tailless, aquatic, semiaquatic, or terrestrial amphibians of the order Anura and especially of the family Ranidae, characteristically having a smooth moist skin, webbed feet, and long hind legs adapted for leaping.
  • n. A wedge-shaped, horny prominence in the sole of a horse's hoof.
  • n. A loop fastened to a belt to hold a tool or weapon.
  • n. An ornamental looped braid or cord with a button or knot for fastening the front of a garment.
  • n. A device on intersecting railroad tracks that permits wheels to cross the junction.
  • n. A spiked or perforated device used to support stems in a flower arrangement.
  • n. The nut of a violin bow.
  • n. Informal Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a French person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small tailless amphibian of the order Anura that typically hops
  • n. The part of a violin bow (or that of other similar string instruments such as the viola, cello and contrabass) located at the end held by the player, to which the horsehair is attached
  • n. Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad
  • n. The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick
  • n. An organ on the bottom of a horse’s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood
  • n. The part of a railway switch or turnout where the running-rails cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse’s hoof)
  • v. To hunt or trap frogs
  • n. A French person
  • n. A French-speaking person from Quebec
  • n. A leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword or bayonet, or its scabbard, to a waist or shoulder belt
  • n. A fastener for clothing consisting of a button that fits through a loop
  • v. To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with frogs
  • v. To unravel (a knitted garment).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An amphibious animal of the genus Rana and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim rapidly, and take long leaps on land. Many of the species utter loud notes in the springtime.
  • n. The triangular prominence of the hoof, in the middle of the sole of the foot of the horse, and other animals; the fourchette.
  • n. A supporting plate having raised ribs that form continuations of the rails, to guide the wheels where one track branches from another or crosses it.
  • n. An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole.
  • n. The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword.
  • transitive v. To ornament or fasten (a coat, etc.) with trogs. See frog, n., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hunt for frogs; catch frogs.
  • n. A batrachian of the family Ranidæ (which see), as the common British Rana temporaria, or its North American representative, R. sylvatica.
  • n. In farriery, an elastic horny substance that grows in the middle of the sole of a horse's foot, dividing into two branches, and running toward the heel in the form of a fork.
  • n. A section of a rail, or of several rails combined, at a point where two railway lines cross, or at the point of a switch from a line to a siding or to another line. When used at a crossing to unite the rails, it is called a cross-frog.
  • n. A fastening for the front of a coat or any similar garment, often made ornamental by the use of embroidery or braiding, and consisting generally of a spindle-shaped button, attached by a cord, and corresponding with a loop on the opposite side of the garment.
  • n. The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword.
  • n. Same as frock.
  • n. The presence of mucus on the vocal cords, causing hoarseness and an inclination to cough or hawk: usually called frog in the throat.
  • n. Aphthæ in children.
  • n. An attachment to the frame of a loom, against which an iron finger strikes, stopping the machine should the shuttle fail to make timely passage through the warp.
  • n. In lumbering: The junction of the two branches of a flume.
  • n. A timber placed at the mouth of a slide to direct the discharge of the logs.
  • n. In a carriage, an ornamental piece of wood covered with silk or worsted woven to match the carriage-fringe.
  • n. In a harness, a pear-shaped ornament of patent leather, finished at the narrow end with a ring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a decorative loop of braid or cord
  • v. hunt frogs for food
  • n. a person of French descent
  • n. any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species

Etymologies

Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga, frocga ("frog"), from Proto-Germanic *fruþgô (“frog”), a pet-form of Proto-Germanic *fruþ-, *frauþaz (“frog”), deverbative of Proto-Indo-European *prew- (“to jump, hop”). Cognate with Old Norse frauki ("frog"), Sanskrit  (plava-),  (plavaka-, "frog"), Lithuanian sprūgti ("to leave, escape"), Russian прыгнуть (prýgnutĭ, "to leap"), прыгать (prýgatĭ, "to jump around"), Albanian fryj ("to blow")). See also frosh, frosk. (Wiktionary)
From frog legs, stereotypical food of the French. Compare rosbif ("English person"), from roast beef, corresponding French term for English, likewise based on stereotypical food. (Wiktionary)
Unknown. Possibly from Portuguese froco ("flock"), from Latin floccus ("flock"). (Wiktionary)
Supposedly from ribbit ("sound made by a frog") sounding similar to "rip it". (Wiktionary)

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  • When you rip out stitches in quilting, you are doing the "frog stitch." "To frog" means to pull out stitches, and is referred to as frogging. I'm told the origin of the term is the sound a frog makes (ribbit, ribbit), which sounds like "rip it." This is probably also the etymology of "frog" as applied to knitting, which is listed above.

    January 26, 2012


  • Be kind and tender to the Frog,
    And do not call him names,
    As 'Slimy-Skin', or 'Polly-wog',
    Or likewise, 'Ugly James',
    Or 'Gape-a-grin', or 'Toad-gone-wrong',
    Or 'Billy-Bandy-knees';
    The Frog is justly sensitive
    To epithets like these.

    - Hilaire Belloc, 'The Frog'.

    December 5, 2008

  • Do frog's use their front feet or their croaker to applaud? :o/

    August 5, 2008

  • I'm nobody? Boohoo.

    August 4, 2008

  • See nobody.

    August 4, 2008

  • The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

    May 7, 2008

  • In medical slang, used to refer to patients with advanced disease and dismal prospects who have fuckin' run outta gas.

    January 26, 2008

  • Well, if anyone could do it, c_b, it's you. :-P

    November 20, 2007

  • Ah yes, Catch-22. Great moments in literature that use the word 'frog.'

    Wait... that sounds like a list idea...

    November 20, 2007

  • Theories pass. The frog remains.

    November 20, 2007

  • The angled section within a spokeshave body that supports the blade.

    November 20, 2007