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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frok, frokke, from Old French froc ‎(frock, a monk's gown or habit) (compare Medieval Latin hrocus, roccus, rocus ‎(a coat)), from Old Frankish *hroc, *hrok ‎(skirt, dress, robe), from Proto-Germanic *hrukkaz ‎(robe, jacket, skirt, tunic), from Proto-Indo-European *kreḱ- ‎(to weave). Cognate with Old High German hroch, roch ‎(skirt, dress, cowl) (German Rock ‎(skirt, coat)), Saterland Frisian Rok ‎(skirt), Dutch rok ‎(skirt, petticoat), Old English rocc ‎(an overgarment, tunic, rochet), Old Norse rokkr ‎(skirt, jacket) ( > Danish rok ‎(garment)).


frock ‎(plural frocks)

  1. A dress, a piece of clothing for a female, which consists of a skirt and a cover for the upper body.
  2. An outer garment worn by priests and other clericals, a habit.


frock ‎(third-person singular simple present frocks, present participle frocking, simple past and past participle frocked)

  1. To clothe in a frock.
  2. To make a cleric.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English froke, variation of frogge ‎(frog), from Old English frocga ‎(frog). More at frog.


frock ‎(plural frocks)

  1. (dialectal) A frog.