frosh

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frosch, from Old English frosc(frog), from Proto-Germanic *fruskaz(frog), from Proto-Indo-European *prew-(to jump, hop). Cognate with West Frisian froask(frog), Dutch vors(frog), German Frosch(frog), Norwegian frosk(frog), Icelandic froskur(frog). See also frosk, frog.

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frosh (plural froshes)

  1. (now dialectal) A frog.
    • 1565 (1593), Golding, Ovid's Met. xv. (1593) pg. 356:
      The mud hath in it certaine seed whereof greene froshes rise.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From an alteration of freshman, under influence from German dialectal Frosch(grammar-school pupil, literally frog). Related to English frosh above.

Noun[edit]

frosh (plural froshes or frosh)

  1. (colloquial) A first year student, at certain universities.
    That frosh is really getting on my nerves, just he wait till hell-week!
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Verb[edit]

frosh (third-person singular simple present froshes, present participle froshing, simple past and past participle froshed)

  1. (transitive, slang) To initiate academic freshmen, notably in a testing way.
    This campus does not tolerate froshing in any form.
  2. (transitive, slang) To damage through incompetence.
    Trying to open my car door with a coat hanger, I froshed the mechanism.
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