Frog definition

frôg, frŏg
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A wedge-shaped, horny prominence in the sole of a horse's hoof.
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A loop fastened to a belt to hold a tool or weapon.
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An ornamental looped braid or cord with a button or knot for fastening the front of a garment.
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A device on intersecting railroad tracks that permits wheels to cross the junction.
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A spiked or perforated device used to support stems in a flower arrangement.
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The nut of a violin bow.
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(informal) Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat.
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The triangular, horny pad in the posterior half of the sole of a horse's foot.
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The definition of a frog is an amphibian with no tail, strong legs, short arms, smooth skin and webbed feet, or a triangular pad on a horse's foot, or a device to hold flower stems in an arrangement.

An example of a frog is a toad.

An example of a frog is the back half of a horse's sole.

An example of a frog is a metal box that is placed in a bowl to hold the stems of flowers in a somewhat vertical position.

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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person of French birth or descent.
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Any of numerous tailless aquatic, semiaquatic, or terrestrial amphibians of the order Anura, characteristically having a short vertebral column, a large head, long hind legs used for leaping, and a tadpole stage as larvae.
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Any of various usually aquatic members of this order having smoother skin and longer hind legs than the toads.
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A fastening on a belt for carrying a sword, bayonet, etc.
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A corded or braided loop used as a fastener or decoration on clothing.
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A device on railroad tracks for keeping cars on the proper rails at intersections or switches.
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A device placed in a bowl or vase to hold the stems of flowers.
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That part of the bow of a stringed instrument, including the nut, by which the bow is held.
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(slang) A French person.
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Any of various families of tailless, leaping anuran amphibians with long, powerful hind legs, short forelegs, a smooth skin, and webbed feet: it develops from a tadpole, and most species, when grown, are able to live either in water or on land that is near water.
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A toad.
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A wedge-shaped, horny prominence in the sole of a horse's hoof.
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(informal) Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat.
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Any of numerous tailless aquatic, semiaquatic, or terrestrial amphibians of the order Anura, characteristically having a short vertebral column, a large head, long hind legs used for leaping, and a tadpole stage as larvae.
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Any of various usually aquatic members of this order having smoother skin and longer hind legs than the toads.
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A small tailless amphibian of the order Anura that typically hops.
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The part of a violin bow (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.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad.
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The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick.
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An organ on the bottom of a horse’s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood.
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The part of a railway switch or turnout where the running-rails cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse’s hoof)
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An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole.
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The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword.
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To hunt or trap frogs.
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(offensive) A French person.
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(Canada, offensive) A French-speaking person from Quebec.
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A leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword or bayonet, or its scabbard, to a waist or shoulder belt.
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An ornate fastener for clothing consisting of a button, toggle, or knot, that fits through a loop.
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To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with frogs.
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To unravel (a knitted garment).
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have a frog in one's throat
  • to experience temporary hoarseness
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
frog
Plural:
frogs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of frog

  • Middle English frogge from Old English frogga

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga, frocga (“frog”), from Proto-Germanic *fruþgô (“frog”), a pet-form of Proto-Germanic *fruþ-, *frauþaz (“frog”), deverbative of Proto-Indo-European *prew- (“to jump, hop”). Cognate with Old Norse frauki (“frog”), Sanskrit प्लव (plava), प्लवक (plavaka, “frog”), Lithuanian sprūgti (“to leave, escape”), Russian прыгнуть (prýgnutĭ, “to leap”), прыгать (prýgatĭ, “to jump around”), Albanian fryj (“to blow”)). See also frosh, frosk.

    From Wiktionary

  • From frog legs, stereotypical food of the French. Compare rosbif (“English person”), from roast beef, corresponding French term for English, likewise based on stereotypical food.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown. Possibly from Portuguese froco (“flock”), from Latin floccus (“flock”).

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary