frosh

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frossh, frosch, from Old English frosċ (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). Doublet of frosk; more at 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]

Blend of freshman +‎ sophomore.

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frosh (plural froshes or frosh)

  1. (colloquial) A first-year student, at certain universities, and a first-or-second-year student at other universities.
    The frosh are really getting on my nerves!
  2. (colloquial) Short for frosh week.
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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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frosh

  1. Alternative form of frossh