Frosh definition

frŏsh
A freshman, as in college.
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(informal) A high-school or college freshman.
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(dialectal) A frog.
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(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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(slang) To initiate academic freshmen, notably in a testing way.

This campus does not tolerate froshing in any form.

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(slang) To damage through incompetence.

Trying to open my car door with a coat hanger, I froshed the mechanism.

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Origin of frosh

  • Shortening and alteration of freshman (perhaps influenced by German Frosch frog, grammar-school pupil)

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary