from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A freshman, as in college.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A frog.
- n. A first year student, at certain universities.
- v. To initiate academic freshmen, notably in a testing way.
- v. To damage through incompetence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a student during his first year in a high school, college, or university; a freshman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frog.
Shortening and alteration of freshman (perhaps influenced by German Frosch, frog, grammar-school pupil).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English frosch, from Old English frosc ("frog"), from Proto-Germanic *fruskaz (“frog”), from Proto-Indo-European *prew- (“to jump, hop”). Cognate with West Frisian froask ("frog"), Dutch vors ("frog"), German Frosch ("frog"), Norwegian frosk ("frog"), Icelandic froskur ("frog"). See also frosk, frog. (Wiktionary)
From an alteration of freshman, under influence from German dialectal Frosch ("grammar-school pupil", literally "frog"). Related to English frosh above. (Wiktionary)