frog

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See also: Frog and frög

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɹɒɡ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /fɹɑɡ/, /fɹɔɡ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒɡ, -ɔːɡ

Etymology 1[edit]

A frog (amphibian, 1).
The frog (2) of a violin bow.
The frog (5) of a horse's hoof (dark triangular portion of bottom of hoof).
Some frog (6) designs ("part of railroad switch").

From Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga, frocga (frog), from Proto-Germanic *fruþgô (frog).

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Noun[edit]

frog (plural frogs)

  1. A small tailless amphibian of the order Anura that typically hops.
    Synonyms: (dialectal) frosh, (dialectal) frosk
    Coordinate terms: pad, paddock
    • 2008, Lich King, "Black Metal Sucks", Toxic Zombie Onslaught:
      Awesome leather armbands with spikes like two feet long / Hair is parted down the middle, frowning like a frog
  2. (music) The part of a violin bow (or that of other similar string instruments such as the viola, cello and contrabass) located at the end held by the player, to which the horsehair is attached.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad.
  4. The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick.
  5. An organ on the bottom of a horse’s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood.
  6. (rail transport) The part of a railway switch or turnout where the running-rails cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse’s hoof).
    Synonym: common crossing
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Terms derived from frog (noun)
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  • Esperanto: frogo
  • Hawaiian: poloka
  • Irish: frog
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Verb[edit]

frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. To hunt or trap frogs.
  2. (transitive, biology) To use a pronged plater to transfer (cells) to another plate.
  3. (transitive, cooking) To spatchcock (a chicken).
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Etymology 2[edit]

From frog legs, stereotypical food of the French. Compare French rosbif (English person), from roast beef, corresponding term for English, likewise based on stereotypical food; and Kraut for Germans.

Noun[edit]

frog (plural frogs, feminine frogette)

  1. (offensive) A French person.
    Synonyms: baguette, cheese-eating surrender monkey
  2. (Canada, offensive) A French-speaking person from Quebec.
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Etymology 3[edit]

A frog (toggle)

Unknown. Possibly borrowed from Portuguese froco (flock), from Latin floccus (flock).

Noun[edit]

frog (plural frogs)

  1. A leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword or bayonet, or its scabbard, to a waist or shoulder belt.
  2. An ornate fastener for clothing consisting of an oblong button (covered with netted thread), toggle, or knot, that fits through a loop.
    • 1844, Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo:
      The visitor was about fifty-two years of age, dressed in one of the green surtouts, ornamented with black frogs, which have so long maintained their popularity all over Europe.
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frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with frogs.

Etymology 4[edit]

Supposedly from ribbit (sound made by a frog) sounding similar to "rip it".

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frog (third-person singular simple present frogs, present participle frogging, simple past and past participle frogged)

  1. (transitive) To unravel part of (a knitted garment) while knitting it in order to correct a mistake.

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English frog.

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Noun[edit]

frog m or f (genitive singular froig, nominative plural froganna)

  1. frog (amphibian; organ in a horse’s foot)

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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
frog fhrog bhfrog
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "frog" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “frog” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “frog” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

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frog (nominative plural frogs)

  1. frog (amphibian)

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