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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frok, frokke, from Old French froc (frock, a monk's gown or habit), perhaps via Medieval Latin hrocus, roccus, rocus (a coat), from 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) – whence German Rock (skirt, coat) –, Saterland Frisian Rok (skirt), Dutch rok (skirt, petticoat), Old English rocc (an overgarment, tunic, rochet), Old Norse rokkr (skirt, jacket), whence 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.
  3. A sailor's jersey.
  4. An undress regimental coat.
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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.