frogeater

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

frog +‎ eater

Noun[edit]

frogeater (plural frogeaters)

  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A French person.
    • 1851, Charles Dickens, A Monument of French Folly
      Of a great Institution like Smithfield, [the French] are unable to form the least conception. A Beast Market in the heart of Paris would be regarded an impossible nuisance. Nor have they any notion of slaughter-houses in the midst of a city. One of these benighted frog-eaters would scarcely understand your meaning, if you told him of the existence of such a British bulwark.
    • Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Elusive Pimpernel
      Sir Andrew Ffoulkes is a gallant gentleman, you may take your Bible oath on that, but he that fights the murdering frogeaters single-handed is he whom they call The Scarlet Pimpernel: the bravest gentleman in all the world.