Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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

Shortening and alteration of freshman (perhaps influenced by German Frosch, frog, grammar-school pupil).

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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.

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From an alteration of freshman, under influence from German dialectal Frosch ("grammar-school pupil", literally "frog"). Related to English frosh above.

Examples

  • The Real World/Road Rules Challenges, including appearances by All-Star cast members coaching these "frosh" on how to take home a win for their alma mater.

    Multichannel News: Business News

  • Glen Dean (12.2 ppg) and Jeffrey Forbes (11 ppg) were the team's leading scorers, and fellow frosh Kevin Winford (6.9 ppg) also showed great offensive potential.

    Big Sky Conference

  • Jeffrey Forbes drained 47 treys -- one fewer than Dean -- and displayed as much offensive promise as his fellow frosh.

    Big Sky Conference

  • Tennessee State will enjoy some solid scorers in sophomores-to-be Jacquan Nobles, Martell Buie, Tashan Fredrick and Robert Covington, as both should be much improved from their frosh campaigns.

    Tennessee State - Team Notes

  • So a mere rotation of the calendar later, I had become the fastest frosh player at San Diego State.

    Matthew Anderson: Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

  • All in all, a marvelous time (Oh - I forgot to mention that I caught up with my college roommate, Jay Wile, whom I roomed with when I was a frosh and he was a sophomore, and whom I haven't seen in ... 25 years!).

    Philcon

  • It's interesting to see Irish head coach Jeff Jackson, who is known for trusting his veterans and not showing much faith in the newbies, giving a frosh such responsibility.

    Swede, Californian impress at recent tournament

  • To me Al is a frosh Senator, not yet jaded in the mire of lobbyism on either side of the isle.

    Al Franken's senate shut down

  • We are stuck with Al for another 5 ½, I hope to hear more from this frosh taking on the lying liars.

    Al Franken's senate shut down

  • Or maybe not ... things are getting soft there: the "prac-track" frosh physics labs are now optional, they are closing their bookstore, and people keep trying to chip away at the "core" requirements.

    Mike Griffin, I want to Teach, Money was not an Issue - NASA Watch

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