fridge

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably imitatory; compare frig.

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fridge (third-person singular simple present fridges, present participle fridging, simple past and past participle fridged)

  1. (archaic) To rub, chafe.
    • 1761: You might have rumpled and crumpled, and doubled and creased, and fretted and fridged the outsides of them all to pieces — Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. III (Penguin 2003, p. 145)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of refrigerator. The fandom verb sense was coined by Gail Simone, who criticized a plot point in Green Lantern #54, in which Kyle Rayner, the Green Lantern, comes home to discover that a villain has murdered his girlfriend and left her body for him to find in the refrigerator.[1]

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Noun[edit]

fridge (plural fridges)

An open refrigerator
  1. A refrigerator.
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Verb[edit]

fridge (third-person singular simple present fridges, present participle fridging, simple past and past participle fridged)

  1. To place inside of a refrigerator.
    • 2007, Lucy Diamond, Any Way You Want Me, Pan (2007), ISBN 9780330446433, page 201:
      I had turned up with a bottle, which the hostess, Celia, had duly fridged, but everyone else had opted for camomile tea, making me feel like the biggest lush in south London.
    • 2013, Jeffrey Deaver, The October List, Grand Central Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781455576661, unnumbered page:
      He munched and sipped, wished the soda was cold. Should have fridged it.
    • 2013, James Morton, Brilliant Bread, Ebury Press (2013), ISBN 9780091955601, page 134:
      If you don't have two stones, bake it in two different batches, fridging your remaining doughs whilst you wait.
  2. (fandom slang) To gratuitously kill, disempower, or otherwise remove a female character from a narrative, often strictly to hurt a male character and provide him with a personal motivation for fighting the antagonist(s).
    • 2013, Siobhan Whitebread, "Welcome to the Punch: A little less conversation", Spark* (University of Reading), Volume 63, Issue 1, 26 April 2013, page 15:
      The backing cast are also all excellent, as expected considering the calibre of actors attached to the film – Andrea Riseborough is a very good example, playing a fascinating cop who really didn't deserve to be 'fridged' (meaning: removed from the action so that the men can do their manly things).
    • 2014, Tim Hanley, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine, Chicago Review Press (2014), ISBN 9781613749098, page 240:
      In terms of villains, familiar characters haven't been fridged but they've been rather sexualized.
    • 2014 1 June, Dave Van Domelen, “Dave's Capsules for May 2014”, alt.toys.transformers, Usenet:
      Gwen dying is as big a part of Spider-Man's storyline as Uncle Ben dying. But originally, she was fridged, long before that was a thing. Gwen was something of a pretty nonentity in the comics,her death really only served the purpose of hurting Peter. She died a victim, yanked around by other characters.
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  1. ^ Tim Hanley, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine, Chicago Review Press (2014), ISBN 9781613749098, pages 238-239