1957, brand name Frisbee was trademarked in 1959 by Fred Morrison, later acquired by Wham-O. From an alteration of frisbie, applied to the disk game by U.S. college students who tossed pie plates from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies, Frisbie Bakery, Bridgeport Ct., since the 1930s. From the English family name Frisby attested 1226, from the toponym attested 1086 in Frisby on the Wreak, Leicestershire, from Old Danish Frisby (“Frisian village”).
Frisbee (plural Frisbees)
- A plastic disk that is thrown with a snap of the wrist so as to spin it to aid in keeping it aloft; used for recreation.
- The sport involving Frisbees.
Frisbee is proprietary name, trademarked in 1959.
- To throw something in the manner of a Frisbee.
- The bartender Frisbeed a cardboard coaster to the patron at the end of the bar.
- “Frisbee” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).