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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French fruissier, froissier (whence French froisser), from Vulgar Latin *frustiō, from Latin frustum (fragment).


frush (third-person singular simple present frushes, present participle frushing, simple past and past participle frushed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To break up, smash.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book VIII, xlviii:
      Rinaldo's armor frush'd and hack'd they had,
      Oft pierced through, with blood besmeared new.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, The History of Troilus and Cressida,
      ... I like thy armour well;
      I'll frush it and unlock the rivets all
      But I'll be master of it.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To charge, rush violently.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      And than they fruyshed forth all at onys, of the bourelyest knyghtes that ever brake brede, with mo than fyve hondred at the formyst frunte [...].
  3. (historical, transitive) To straighten up (the feathers on an arrow).


frush (comparative more frush, superlative most frush)

  1. Easily broken; brittle; crisp.



  1. (obsolete) noise; clatter; crash
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Southey to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Old English frosc (frog (animal)), German Frosch (frog (the animal)).


frush (plural frushes)

  1. The frog of a horse's foot.
  2. A discharge of a foetid or ichorous matter from the frog of a horse's foot; thrush.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for frush in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Alternative forms[edit]


Not found in Early Scots.



frush (comparative mair frush, superlative maist frush)

  1. (archaic) Brittle, weak, decayed or rotten (of organic materials).
  2. (archaic) Crumbly or loose (of soil).
  3. (archaic) Crumbly or mealy (of oatcakes or other baked goods).