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foutra etymology See fouter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, derogatory) A fig or whit; term of contempt. A foutra for the world and worldlings base! — Shakespeare.
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fox {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fox, from Old English fox, from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz, from Pre-Germanic *puḱsos 〈*puḱsos〉, from Proto-Indo-European *puḱ- 〈*puḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots fox, Western Frisian foks, Northern Frisian Fering-Öömrang dialect foos, and Sölring and Heligoland dialects fos, Dutch vos, Low German vos, German Fuchs, Icelandic fóa, Tocharian B päkā, Russian пух 〈puh〉, Torwali , Hindi पूंछ 〈pūn̄cha〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɒks/
  • (US) /fɑks/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A red fox, small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
    • 15th century, The Fox (folk song), {{nowrap}} The fox went out on a chase one night, / he prayed to the Moon to give him light, / for he had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o. / He had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
  2. Any of numerous species of small wild canid resembling the red fox. In the taxonomy they form the tribe Vulpini within the family Canidae, consisting of nine genera (see the ).
  3. The fur of a fox.
  4. A fox terrier.
  5. The {{vern}}, a fish, {{taxlink}}, so called from its yellow color.
  6. A cunning person.
  7. (slang) A physically attractive man or woman.
    • 1993, Laura Antoniou, The Marketplace series, p.90: And Jerry was cute, you know, I liked him, but Frank was a total fox. And he was rougher than Jerry, you know, not so cultured.
    • 2012, Adele Parks, Still Thinking of You It wasn't just that Jayne was a fox – although, fuck, was she ever a fox. That arse, those tits, those lips. They could have a really good time together.
  8. (nautical) A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizing, mat, sennit, and gasket.
  9. (mechanics) A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it.
  10. (obsolete) A sword; so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare Thou diest on point of fox.
Synonyms: (a mammal related to dogs and wolves) tod, (attractive man or woman) see also
  • vixen (feminine form)
  • canid
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
  2. (transitive) To confuse or baffle (someone). This crossword puzzle has completely foxed me.
  3. (intransitive) To act slyly or craftily.
  4. (intransitive) To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity. The pages of the book show distinct foxing.
  5. (transitive) To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
  6. (intransitive) To turn sour; said of beer, etc., when it sours in ferment.
  7. (transitive) To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.
    • Samuel Pepys I drank … so much wine that I was almost foxed.
  8. (transitive) To repair (boots) with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.
foxie etymology fox + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) fox terrier
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (oil drilling) Hydraulic fracturing.
    • 2010, Andrew Chung, "Quebec between a rock and a hard place on gas from shale," Toronto Star, 25 July (retrieved 26 July 2010): Still, environmentalists look to the U.S., where drilling with fracking is now a “megatrend” and where thousands of wells dot the landscape in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado. They worry about higher greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional natural gas—because of the energy used to get the gas—and water contamination.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic, bowdlerization) Fucking.
frag pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /fræɡ/
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etymology Shortened from fragmentation grenade.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, slang) A successful kill in a deathmatch game. I'd been fighting him for ages, and then you stole my frag!
  2. (military, slang) A fragmentation grenade.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, US, military, slang) To deliberately kill (one's superior officer) with a fragmentation grenade.
  2. (transitive, military and video games, slang) To hit with the explosion of a fragmentation grenade. I fragged him once and then melee him for the kill.
  3. (video games) To kill.
    • 1996, "Martin Cox", Stupid frags ... (on newsgroup I have pistol-fragged far superior players coming at me with a shotgun with 100% health.
    I fragged him but he fell off the ledge afterwards.
  • graf
fragger etymology frag + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang) One who frag (deliberately kills a superior officer with a fragmentation grenade).
fragging etymology Present participle of frag. pronunciation
  • /ˈfræɡɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang) The throwing of a fragmentation grenade at one's superior officer.
    • 2005: Fraggings—the intentional killings of officers by their own troops—were already occurring. — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 175)
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of frag
fragile X
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Fragile X syndrome.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, childish) afraid.
  2. (US, childish) cowardly.
  • The forms fraidier and fraidiest are very rare.
  • Friday
fraidy cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A coward.
Synonyms: scaredy cat
frail etymology From Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis. Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile. pronunciation
  • /freɪl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroy; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
  2. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • fractal
  • fraction
  • fractional
  • fracture
  • fragile
  • fragility
  • frailly
  • frailness
  • frailty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
  2. The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.
  3. A rush for weaving baskets.
  4. (dated, slang) A girl.
    • 1931, Cab Calloway / Irving Mills, ‘Minnie the Moocher’: She was the roughest, toughest frail, but Minnie had a heart as big as a whale.
    • 1933, F. Scott Fitzgerald, , edition 1, Book 2, Chapter XXII: There were five people in the Quirinal bar after dinner, a high-class Italian frail who sat on a stool making persistent conversation against the bartender's bored: “Si ... Si ... Si,” a light, snobbish Egyptian who was lonely but chary of the woman, and the two Americans.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 148: ‘She's pickin' 'em tonight, right on the nose,’ he said. ‘That tall black-headed frail.’
    • 1941, Preston Sturges, , published in Five Screenplays, ISBN 0-520-05442-4, page 77: Sullivan, the girl and the butler get to the ground. The girl wears a turtle-neck sweater, a cap slightly sideways, a torn coat, turned-up pants and sneakers. SULLIVAN Why don't you go back with the car... You look about as much like a boy as . THE GIRL All right, they'll think I'm your frail.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.
  • flair
frame etymology From Middle English framen, fremen, fremmen, from Old English framian, fremian, fremman, from Proto-Germanic *framjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *promo-. Cognate with Low German framen, Danish fremme, Swedish främja, Icelandic fremja. More at from. pronunciation
  • /freɪm/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To strengthen; refresh; support. At last, with creeping crooked pace forth came / An old, old man, with beard as white as snow, / That on a staffe his feeble steps did frame. ― Spenser.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To execute; perform. The silken tackle / Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands / That yarely frame the office. ― Shakespeare.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To cause; to bring about; to produce.
    • Shakespeare Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To profit; avail.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To fit; accord. When thou hast turned them all ways, and done thy best to hew them and to make them frame, thou must be fain to cast them out. ― Tyndale.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
  7. (transitive) To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
    • John Lyly I will hereafter frame myself to be coy.
    • Shakespeare frame my face to all occasions
    • Landor We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness.
    • I. Taylor The human mind is framed to be influenced.
  8. (transitive) To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
  9. (transitive) To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
    • Sir Philip Sidney He began to frame the loveliest countenance he could.
    • I. Watts How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years.
  10. (transitive) Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements. Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
  11. (transitive) Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to place inside a decorative border.
  12. (transitive) To position visually within a fixed boundary. The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  13. (transitive) To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation. How would you frame your accomplishments? The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
  14. (transitive, criminology) Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person. The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to frame her.
  15. (intransitive, dialectal, mining) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
  16. (intransitive, dialectal) To move. An oath, and a threat to set Throttler on me if I did not frame off, rewarded my perseverance. ― E. Brontë.
  17. (intransitive, obsolete) To proceed; to go.
    • Shakespeare The beauty of this sinful dame / Made many princes thither frame.
Synonyms: (conspire to incriminate) fit up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The structural elements of a building or other constructed object. exampleNow that the frame is complete, we can start on the walls.
  2. Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure.
    • Milton These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, / Almighty! thine this universal frame.
  3. The structure of a person's body. exampleHis starved flesh hung loosely on his once imposing frame.
  4. A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.”
    exampleThe painting was housed in a beautifully carved frame.
  5. A piece of photographic film containing an image.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift Jokes are recycled so frequently, it’s as if comedy writing was eating a hole in the ozone layer: If the audience had a nickel for every time a character on one side of the frame says something could never happen as it simultaneously happens on the other side of the frame, they’d have enough to pay the surcharge for the movie’s badly implemented 3-D.
    exampleA film projector shows many frames in a single second.
  6. A context for understanding or interpretation. exampleIn this frame, it's easy to ask the question that the investigators missed.
  7. (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  8. (networking) An independent chunk of data sent over a network.
  9. (bowling) A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
  10. (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  11. (film, animation) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
  12. (Internet) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
  13. (baseball, slang) An inning.
  14. (engineering, dated, mostly, UK) Any of certain machines built upon or within framework. a stocking frame; a lace frame; a spinning frame
  15. (dated) frame of mind; disposition to be always in a happy frame
  16. (obsolete) Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
    • Shakespeare John the bastard / Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies.
  17. (dated, video games) A stage or level of a video game.
    • 1982, Gilsoft International, Mongoose (video game instructions) [] When you play the game it will draw a set pattern depending on the frame you are on, with random additions to the pattern, to give a different orchard each time.
  18. (genetics : reading frame) A way of dividing nucleotide sequences into a set of consecutive triplets.
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framily etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A group of friend, who are close like a family.
    • 2007, Glyn Davis, Queer as folk (page 60) Often, these groups would include at least one gay character who would be depicted sympathetically, if usually as desexualised. Movies focused specifically on gay/queer framilies produced.
franger etymology Unknown; perhaps an alteration of french letter.""franger", entry in '''2007''', Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, ''The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', [|%22frangers%22+condom&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jVlVT_ztMs-hiAfe5YXxCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22franger%22|%22frangers%22%20condom&f=false page 267].
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A condom.
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    • 2001, , , [http//|%22frangers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VkZVT_uuCoatiQe_593rCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22franger%22|%22frangers%22&f=false unnumbered page], The barber would say while he was cutting a grown-up′s hair, ‘Do you need any home supplies, sir?’ which is the secret code for a packet of frangers.
    • {{quote-news}} Gone are the terms we used in our youth the frenchies, frangers, rubbers, joes, french letters, gumboots, rubbers, johnnies, parachutes and plastic fantastics -- these days they're just condoms.
Synonyms: dinger (Australian slang), See also
Franglais {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: franglais etymology From French franglais, of français and anglais. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɹɒŋɡleɪ/
  • (US) /ˌfɹɑŋˈɡleɪ/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (often, derogatory) French terms or expressions recently borrow from the English language.
  2. (often, derogatory) The poor French spoken by anglophone.
frank {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /fɹæŋk/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /fɹeɪŋk/
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etymology 1 From Old French franc, in turn from the name of an early Germanic confederation, the Franks.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. honest, especially in an manner that seems slightly blunt; candid; not reserved or disguised. May I be frank with you?
  2. (medicine) unmistakable, clinically obvious, self-evident The research probes whether treating pre-diabetes with metformin can prevent progression to frank diabetes.
  3. (obsolete) Unbounded by restrictions, limitations, etc.; free.
    • Spenser It is of frank gift.
  4. (obsolete) Liberal; generous; profuse.
    • L'Estrange Frank of civilities that cost them nothing.
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) Unrestrained; loose; licentious. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Free postage, a right exercised by governments (usually with definite article).
    • Cowper I have said so much, that, if I had not a frank, I must burn my letter and begin again.
  2. (countable) The notice on an envelope where a stamp would normally be found.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To place a frank on an envelope.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 20 It will be so ridiculous to see all his letters directed to him with an M.P.—But do you know, he says, he will never frank for me?
  2. To exempt from charge for postage, as a letter, package, or packet, etc.
  3. To send by public conveyance free of expense. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Shortened form of frankfurter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hot dog or sausage. Buy a package of franks for the barbecue.
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Synonyms: frankfurt, frankfurter
related terms:
  • cocktail frank
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) the grey heron.
etymology 4 Old French franc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pigsty.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shut up in a frank or sty; to pen up; hence, to cram; to fatten. {{rfquotek}}
frankenfood pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈfɹæŋk(ə)nˌfuːd/
etymology {{blend}}, Dr Frankenstein being the creator of the monster in 's novel , the monster being constructed from parts from several bodies
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, derogatory) genetically modified food
related terms:
  • Frankenstein
  • frankenword
Frankensteinish etymology Frankenstein + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Reminiscent of Frankenstein's monster; assembled irresponsibly from disparate parts. Some people think genetically-modified foods are risky, Frankensteinish creations.
Franklin etymology From Middle English frankelein. The place names are mostly named for Benjamin Franklin.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
  2. (1706-1790), American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat, and one of the Founding Father.
  3. A given name transferred from the surname, partly in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
  4. A town in Alabama
  5. A town in Arkansas
  6. A town in Connecticut
  7. A village in Georgia, USA
  8. A city in Idaho
  9. A village in Illinois
  10. A city in Indiana
  11. A city in Iowa
  12. A city in Kentucky
  13. A city in Louisiana
  14. A town in Maine
  15. A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada
  16. A town in Massachusetts
  17. A village in Michigan
  18. A city in Minnesota
  19. A city in Missouri
  20. A city in Nebraska
  21. A city in New Hampshire
  22. A borough in New Jersey
  23. One of two towns in New York
  24. A town in North Carolina
  25. A city in Ohio
  26. A city in Pennsylvania
  27. A municipality in Quebec
  28. A township and a river in Tasmania
  29. A city in Tennessee
  30. A town in Vermont
  31. A city in Virginia
  32. A town in West Virginia
  33. A city and a few towns in Wisconsin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A one-hundred-dollar bill, which carries the portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
Synonyms: Benjamin
Franquist etymology From Spanish franquismo.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to, or associated with, the regime and policies of Francisco Franco in Spain (1939–75).
  2. (pejorative) Pertaining to right-wing political parties or politicians in Spain.
Synonyms: Francoist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A supporter of Francisco Franco.
Synonyms: Falangist
frap pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old French fraper
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To draw together tightly.
etymology 2 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) frappuccino
fraternization etymology From French fraternisation Alternative forms: fraternisation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of fraternizing or uniting as brothers.
  2. Having a friendly relationship with the enemy.
  3. (chiefly, US, pejorative) any type of disallowed, supposedly unethical and unprofessional, social or intimate contact between employee, especially between different gender, class or rank.
related terms:
  • confraternization
  • fraternize
  • fraternism
  • non-fraternization
  • sexual fraternization
frat lit etymology From the English word frat (meaning immature juvenile adult male university student when used pejoratively), + lit as an abbreviation for the English word literature.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Literature perceived to appeal to, or be market at, young men or bro, typically concerning violence, adventure, war, and military themes.
  • dick lit, manfiction
frazzle etymology Germanic, confer German: Faser pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fray or wear down, especially at the edges. The new puppy has been chewing on everything, and my favorite afghan has become frazzled.
    • J. C. Harris Her hair was of a reddish-gray color, and its frazzled and tangled condition suggested that the woman had recently passed through a period of extreme excitement.
  2. (transitive) To drain emotionally or physically. After dealing with the children all day, I just can't help feeling frazzled.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A burnt fragment; a cinder or crisp. The bacon was burned to a frazzle.
  2. (informal) The condition or quality of being frazzled; a frayed end.
    • Rudyard Kipling My fingers are all scratched to frazzles.
    • Nicolay & May, Life of Lincoln Gordon had sent word to Lee that he "had fought his corps to a frazzle."
freak Alternative forms: freake (obsolete), freik, freke, frick (Scotland)
etymology 1 From Middle English freke, freike, from Old English freca, from Proto-Germanic *frekô, from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pereg-, *spereg-. Cognate with Old Norse freki, Old High German freh, Old English frēcne. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /friːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man, particularly a bold, strong, vigorous man.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A fellow; a petulant, young man.
etymology 2 1560, "sudden change of mind, whim", of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English frician, or Middle English frek, from Old English frec, from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, *frakaz. Compare Old High German freh, Old English frēcne. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /friːk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sudden causeless change or turn of the mind; a whim of fancy; a capricious prank; a vagary or caprice.
  2. Someone or something that is markedly unusual.
    • Before Adam, 1907, page 8, Jack London, “And I may answer with another question. Why is a two-headed calf? And my own answer to this is that it is a freak.”
    • Casting tackle and methods, page 67, Onnie Warren Smith, 1920, “There may be good points about a freak reel, but because it is a freak it will stand little show of even a fair try-out”
    • The wonders of water, Marian E. Baer, 1938, “It is a freak that people talk about when they see it. Not everyone calls it by the right name, and few people know how it gets to be what it is. This freak is hail.”
  3. A hippie.
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  4. A drug addict.
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  5. (of a person) A nonconformist, especially in appearance, social behavior, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or business practices; an oddball, especially in physiology (i.e., "circus freak"); unique, sometimes in a displeasing way.
  6. (bodybuilding) A person whose physique has grown far beyond the normal limits of muscular development; often a bodybuilder weighing more than 120 kilos (260 pounds).
  7. An enthusiast, or person who has an obsession with, or extreme knowledge of, something.
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    Bob's a real video-game freak. He owns every games console of the last ten years.
  8. (informal, sometimes, affectionate) A very sexually perverse individual. She's a freak in the sack!
Synonyms: (sudden change) whim, (sudden change) caprice
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make greatly distressed and/or a discomposed appearance
    • 1994, James Earl Hardy, B-Boy Blues: A Seriously Sexy, Fiercely Funny, Black-On-Black Love Story, (Alyson Publishing), page 107 But after one night turned into five days, I was freaking out. I missed him.
  2. (transitive) To be placed or place someone under the influence of a psychedelic drug
    • 1992, Peter G. Stafford, Psychedelics Encyclopedia, (Ronin Publishing), page 56 … Harvard have compiled a list of LSD's contributions—largely missing before then—to our popular language: turned on, straight, freak, freaked out, stoned, …
  3. (transitive) To streak; to variegate
    • 1930, Robert Seymour Bridges, The Testament of Beauty: A Poem in Four Books, (Literary Criticism), page 20 … in fine diaper of silver and mother-of-pearl freaking the intense azure; Now scurrying close overhead, wild ink-hued random racers that fling sheeted …
    • Thomson Freaked with many a mingled hue.
  4. (intransitive) To experience reality withdrawal, or hallucinations (nightmarish), to behave irrational or unconventional due to drug use.
  5. (intransitive) To react extremely or irrationally, usually under distress or discomposure
  • Bulgarian: bg
{{trans-mid}} {{trans-bottom}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. strange, weird
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  • Bulgarian: bg, bg
{{trans-mid}} {{trans-bottom}}
  • faker
freakazoid etymology freak + -a- + -oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Freaky.
    • 1990, Joan E. Rigdon, "See Spot Appeal: A Condemned Dog Bites Back in Court", The Wall Street Journal, 24 October 1990: Mr. Mannon testified that Spot is "100% friendly" as long as no one hits him with sticks or does other "freakazoid" things.
    • 2009, Darlene Ryan, Five Minutes More, Orca Book Publishers (2009), ISBN 9781554690084, page 102: He starts to do some freakazoid dance right there on the sidewalk, kind of hopping from one foot to the other, punching his arms up in the air and bopping his head from side to side with his eyes closed.
    • 2010, Lindsay Faith Rech, It Started With a Dare, Graphia (2010), ISBN 9780547235585, unnumbered page: "I mean, what kind of freakazoid perv would go stalking women half his age over the Internet?"
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A freaky person or creature; a freak.
    • 1994, Louis Theroux, "Michael Jackson, Doo-Doo Head", Spy, July/August 1994: But of the more serious allegation — being a total freakazoid — Jacko seems guilty as charged.
    • 2006, Elizabeth Flock, Everything Must Go, MIRA (2006), ISBN 9780778323235, page 22: "I don't want a freakazoid for a younger brother, that's why," Brad said.
    • 2008, Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Midnight Twins, Razorbill (2008), ISBN 9781101158883, unnumbered page: “Do you promise to shut up if we find out he's a freakazoid who likes to kill animals and set fires?” Mally shot back.
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Synonyms: creepoid, creepazoid
freakin' etymology Clipped form of freaking, itself a euphemised version of fucking
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) extremely freakin' awesome!
freaking pronunciation
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  1. present participle of freak
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  1. (dated) A streak or variegation in a pattern.
    • 1926, Hildegarde Hawthorne, Corsica, the Surprising Island (page 216) For the greater part of the time we were considerably above the sea, that took on a more vivid hue, more peacock freakings, for every yard we hung above it. Once in a way we got down to sea level, but only to mount again.
    • 1937, My Garden (volume 10, page 234) … so through every conceivable shade of red, lilac and purple to a vinous maroon of the deepest dye, with freakings and freckles and all manner of fantastic adornments.
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  1. (euphemistic, slang, vulgar, chiefly, US) Fucking. You're getting on my freaking nerves!
  2. (obsolete) freakish {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: effing, flaming, flipping, fricking
  • Freaking is often used in motion picture as a substitute for fucking so that characters can be shown to swear without the motion picture incurring censorship or a higher certificate than it otherwise might.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (euphemistic, vulgar, slang, US) Fucking. You think you're so freaking smart, don't you? He was so scared he freaking ran into a police station.
freaklitter etymology freak + litter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A set of higher-order multiple, especially one produced through fertility treatment.
Synonyms: fuctuplets
freak out {{wikipedia}} etymology From freak and out. 1960s countercultural slang.
  1. {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) 1960s countercultural term for positive experience with LSD or other psychedelic drug; (antonym) bummer, bum trip.
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  1. (slang, intransitive) To react (or cause to react) with extreme anger or fear to something to the extent that one loses one's composure or behaves irrational; originally, 1960's countercultural term meaning to have a positive reaction or experience from the recreational, therapeutic or edificational use of a psychotropic – usually hallucinogenic or psychedelic – drug
    • 1991, (movie) exampleJimmy'll come in off the road, you won't be there, he'll freak out and call you a hundred thousand times...
  2. (slang, transitive) To scare someone.
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  • (drugs) bum out
freaky etymology From freak + y. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. resembling a freak
  2. (slang) odd; bizarre; unusual I've heard the props and costumes in this play are quite freaky.
  3. (slang) scary; frightening Have you met the freaky new guy who moved in next door?
  4. (slang) sexually deviant The things she asked me to do were too freaky for me.
  • fakery
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having freckles.
  2. Covered with freckles
related terms:
  • freckle, freckleface
Fred pronunciation
  • frĕd, /fred/, /fred/
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  1. A short version of Frederick, Alfred, or Wilfred, also used as a formal male given name.
  2. (military, slang) Nickname for the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, widely used by USAF aircrews.
  • 1892 Robert Grant: The Reflections of a Married Man. Scribner,1892. pages 98-99: When I referred to the confusion which would result from the presence in the house of two people with the same name, she tossed her head and said it would be easy to obviate that by calling me Frederick instead of Fred. - - - Imagine Harry Bolles and other kindred spirits calling me stiff, august Frederick! I vowed that this should not be brought to pass - - -
  • 2002 Fred Hill: You May as Well Laugh: The Columns of Fred Hill. iUniverse ISBN 0595256848 page 59: I had great parents, but they made one major mistake. They named me Fred. I'm sorry in case other Freds read this, but Fred is a rather weak name. It just sort of fades away on the tongue. It's not positive like Matt or Jim or Mike or Luke.
Fred Karno's army Alternative forms: Karno's army, Fred Carno's army misspelling, Carno's army misspelling etymology From the First World War marching tune "We're Fred Karno's Army", ultimately from the slapstick music hall entertainer . pronunciation
  • (UK) /fred 'kɑːnəʊz ɑːmiː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A chaotic, poorly-managed group.
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    • 1973, “It was like bloody Fred Karno's army out there. They were sods. Drunk as lords. Been to a wedding party or something.”, With a Little Help from My Friends, page 156, John Pellow
    • page 221, 1997, “'Honest, Marian — it's a right Fred Karno's army setup . . .'”, A Different War, Craig Thomas
free {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English fre, from Old English frēo, Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *prei-, *prey-. Compare West Frisian frij, Dutch vrij, Low German free, German frei, Danish fri. The verb comes from Old English frēoġan. pronunciation
  • /fɹiː/
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  1. (social) Unconstrained. exampleHe was given free rein to do whatever he wanted.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane , Twelve O'Clock, 1 , “There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up […].””
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    1. Not imprisoned or enslaved. examplea free man
    2. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; frank; communicative.
      • Milward He was free only with a few.
    3. Generous; liberal. exampleHe's very free with his money.
    4. (obsolete) Clear of offence or crime; guiltless; innocent.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.
    5. Without obligation. examplefree time
    6. Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed. examplea free school
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free / For me as for you?
    7. Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; said of a government, institutions, etc. exampleThis is a free country.
    8. (software) With no or only freedom-preserving limitation on distribution or modification. exampleOpenOffice is [[free software|free software]].
    9. (software) Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.
  2. Obtainable without any payment. exampleThe government provides free health care.
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    1. (by extension, chiefly, advertising slang) Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else. exampleBuy a TV to get a free DVD player!
  3. (abstract) Unconstrained.
    1. (mathematics) Unconstrained by relator. examplethe free group on three generators
    2. (mathematics, logic) Unconstrained by quantifier. examplez is the free variable in \forall x\exists y:xy=z.
    3. (programming) Of identifier, not bound.
    4. (of a, morpheme) That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.
  4. (physical) Unconstrained.
    1. Unobstructed, without blockage. examplethe drain was free
    2. Unattached or uncombined. examplea free radical
    3. Not currently in use; not taken; unoccupied. exampleYou can sit on this chair; it's free.
    4. (botany, mycology) Not attached; loose. exampleIn this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.
      • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Furthermore, the free anterior margin of the lobule is arched toward the lobe and is often involute…
  5. Without; not containing (what is specified); exempt; clear; liberated. exampleWe had a wholesome, filling meal, free of meat.  I would like to live free from care in the mountains.
    • Thomas Burnet (1635?-1715) princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.”
  6. (dated) Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited. examplea free horse
  7. (dated) Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; followed by of.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) He therefore makes all birds, of every sect, / Free of his farm.
  8. (UK, legal, obsolete) Certain or honourable; the opposite of base. examplefree service;  free socage {{rfquotek}}
  9. (legal) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common. examplea free fishery;  a free warren {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (obtainable without payment) free of charge, gratis, (unconstrained) unconstrained, unfettered, unhindered, (unobstructed) clear, unobstructed, (software: with very few limitations on distribution or improvement) libre, (without) without, (programming: not bound) unbound
  • (not imprisoned or enslaved) bound, enslaved, imprisoned
  • (unconstrained) constrained, restricted
  • (logic: unconstrained by quantifiers) bound
  • (unobstructed) blocked, obstructed
  • (of identifiers, not bound) bound
  • (software: with very few limitations on distribution or improvement) proprietary software
related terms:
  • freedom
  • friend
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Without needing to pay. I got this bike free.
  2. (obsolete) Freely; willingly.
    • Shakespeare I as free forgive you / As I would be forgiven.
Synonyms: (informal, without needing to pay) for free, for nothing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.
  • emancipate
  • liberate
  • manumit
  • release
  • unchain
  • unfetter
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  1. (Australian rules football, Gaelic football) Abbreviation of free kick.
    • 2006, : Whether deserved or not, the free gave Cresswell the chance to cover himself in glory with a shot on goal after the siren.
  2. free transfer
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  3. (hurling) The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.
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  • fere
  • reef
freeball etymology free + ball. See ball.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To wear no underwear under one's outer clothing.
    • 1995, Steven Zeeland, in some book or something: And when you freeball in fatigues you're a walking hard-on anyway...
    • 2003, Christian Fletcher, in another book: I had run out of clean underwear on a road trip, and I had heard rumors about the pleasures associated with freeballing, and so I made the decision and …
    • 2004, Michael Ryan: ...has thrown away dozens of pairs of underwear throughout his life, having to freeball the rest of the day.
freebie pronunciation
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  1. (informal) Something which is free; a giveaway or handout. I didn't buy a thing, but they were handing out some neat freebies and samples.
Synonyms: product sample
  • beefier
freedom kiss etymology By analogy with freedom fries
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) synonym of French kiss
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (humorous) synonym of French kiss
freedom tickler etymology By analogy with freedom fries.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, US) synonym of French tickler
freeloader pronunciation
  • /ˈfɹiːləʊdə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who does not contribute or pay appropriately; one who gets a free ride, etc. without paying a fair share, usually athletic.
  2. (UK, NZ, Canada, Scotland) An individual who gets merchandise from the back of supermarket premises that is past its sell-by date.
Synonyms: free rider, mooch, moocher, scrounger
free of charge
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  1. Not requiring any payment. Buy two and pay for just one – the other is free of charge.
Synonyms: free
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Without any payment being required. They were giving the tickets away free of charge.
Synonyms: for free, gratis
Freeper etymology Contraction of Free Republic and -er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A person who frequents Free Republic, a right-wing website and forum
  2. (slang, pejorative, by extension) Any person, especially a US citizen, who puts forth right-wing ideals.
freetard etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang, derogatory) A zealous advocate of free software.
  • raftered
free time {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Time that can be spent on one's own activities rather than work. I love to play football in my free time.
Synonyms: leisure, leisure time, one's own time, spare time
freeze {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈfriːz/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fresen, from Old English frēosan, from Proto-Germanic *freusaną, from Proto-Indo-European *prews-. Cognate with Scots frese, West Frisian frieze, Dutch vriezen, Low German freren, freern, fresen, German frieren, Swedish frysa, Latin pruīna, Welsh (Northern) rhew, and Sanskrit प्रुष्व 〈pruṣva〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) Especially of a liquid, to become solid due to low temperature.
    • 1855, , , Book XX: The Famine, Ever thicker, thicker, thicker / Froze the ice on lake and river,
    • 1913, , , Winter Memories, I, He got to Dawson before the river froze, and now I suppose I won't hear any more until spring.
    • 1915, , , Section II: Water, Running water does not freeze as easily as still water.
  2. (transitive) To lower something's temperature to the point that it freezes or becomes hard. Don't freeze meat twice.
    • 1888, , (translator, from German), , Rune XXX: The Frost-fiend, Freeze the wizard in his vessel, / Freeze to ice the wicked Ahti, ...
  3. (intransitive) To drop to a temperature below zero degrees celsius, where water turns to ice. It didn't freeze this winter, but last winter was very harsh.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To be affected by extreme cold. It's freezing in here! Don't go outside wearing just a t-shirt; you'll freeze!
  5. (intransitive) To become motionless.
    • 1916, , , Chapter III, As Tarzan rose upon the body of his kill to scream forth his hideous victory cry into the face of the moon the wind carried to his nostrils something which froze him to statuesque immobility and silence.
    • 1935, , , Chapter IV, They froze on their knees, their faces turned upward with a ghastly blue hue in the sudden glare of a weird light that burst blindingly up near the lofty roof and then burned with a throbbing glow.
  6. (figuratively) To lose or cause to lose warmth of feeling; to shut out; to ostracize. Over time, he froze towards her, and ceased to react to her friendly advances.
    • 1898, , John George Dow (editor), Selections from the poems of Robert Burns, page lviii, The other side to this sunny gladness of natural love is his pity for their sufferings when their own mother's heart seems to freeze towards them.
    • 1968, Ronald Victor Sampson, The Psychology of Power, page 134, His friends begin to freeze towards him, the pillars of society cut him publicly, his clients cool off, big business deals no longer come his way, he is increasingly conscious of social ostracism and the puzzled misgivings of his wife.
    • 1988, Edward Holland Spicer, Kathleen M. Sands, Rosamond B. Spicer, People of Pascua, page 37, If you cheat them, they don't say anything but after that they freeze towards you.
  7. To cause loss of animation or life in, from lack of heat; to give the sensation of cold to; to chill.
    • Shakespeare A faint, cold fear runs through my veins, / That almost freezes up the heat of life.
  8. (transitive) To prevent the movement or liquidation of a person's financial asset The court froze the criminal's bank account
Synonyms: (become solid) solidify
  • (become solid) unfreeze, defrost, liquify
related terms:
  • frost
etymology 2 See the above verb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A period of intensely cold weather.
    • 2009, Pietra Rivoli, The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy, 2nd Edition, page 38, In order to work properly, the cotton stripper required that the plant be brown and brittle, as happened after a freeze, so that the cotton bolls could snap off easily.
  2. A halt of a regular operation.
    • 1982 October, William Epstein, The freeze: a hot issue at the United Nations, in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Without a freeze it might be possible to proceed with the production and deployment of such destabilizing systems as the MX, Trident II, cruise missiles and SS-18s, -19s and -20s.
    • 1983 October 3, , speech, , Critics may oppose the nuclear freeze for what they regard as moral reasons.
    • 1985 April 27, , , Many of our opponents in Congress are advocating a freeze in Federal spending and an increase in taxes.
  3. (computer) The state when either a single computer program, or the whole system ceases to respond to inputs.
  4. (curling) A precise draw weight shot where a delivered stone comes to a stand-still against a stationary stone, making it nearly impossible to knock out.
    • 2006, Bob Weeks, Curling for Dummies, page 143, The reason I said the guard wasn't the toughest shot in curling is because, in my book, that's a shot called the freeze. A stone thrown as a freeze comes perfectly to rest directly in front of another stone, without moving it (see Figure 10-5).
  5. (specifically, in finance) A block on pay rise.
Synonyms: (computer) hang
etymology 3
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  1. obsolete form of frieze
freeze peach etymology Homophonous alteration of free speech.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or _, sarcastic) Free speech.
Fremantle {{wikipedia}} etymology From French Fromental, from Old French. The Australian seaport is named after Captain (later Admiral) , who pronounced British possession of Western Australia and established a camp at the site of the now port.
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  1. {{surname}}
  2. A seaport and suburb of Perth, Western Australia.
Synonyms: (Australian seaport and suburb) Freo (informal)
French {{interwiktionary}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikiquote}} {{wikibooks}} etymology From Middle English Frenche, Frensch, Frensc, Frenkisch, Franche, from Old English frencisc, equivalent to Frank + ish. Cognate with Danish fransk, Swedish fransk, fransysk, Icelandic franska. Compare Frankish. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /fɹɛnt͡ʃ/
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  1. A Romance language spoken primarily in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Valle d'Aosta and many former French colonies.
    • 1997, Albert Valdman, French and Creole in Louisiana, page 29 Almost three quarters of the population 65 and older reported speaking French.
    • 2004, Jack Flam, Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship, page 18 Although he would spend the rest of his life in France, Picasso never mastered the language, and during those early years he was especially self-conscious about how bad his French was.
  2. {{surname}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (collective in the plural) People of France, collectively. The French and the English have often been at war.
    • 2002, Jeremy Thornton, The French and Indian War, page 14 On the way, scouts reported that some French were heading toward them across the ice.
  2. (informal) Vulgar language. Pardon my French.
When used to refer collectively to people of France, the word French is preceded by the definite article or some other determiner.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to France. the French border with Italy
  2. Of or relating to the people or culture of France. French customs
  3. Of or relating to the French language. French verbs
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To kiss (another person) while insert one’s tongue into the other person's mouth.
    • 1988, Wanda Coleman, A War of Eyes and other stories, page 151 Tom frenched her full in the mouth.
  2. (intransitive) To kiss in this manner.
    • 1995, Jack Womack, Random Acts of Senseless Violence, page 87 Even before I thought about what I was doing we Frenched and kissed with tongues.
Alternative forms: frenchSynonyms: French kiss
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French fits
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  1. (US, slang) Delirium tremens.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 144: ‘We've got a file on what we call the barred window boys, Doctor. Places where you can't jump out of when the French fits take over.’
Frenchification etymology French + -ification
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, possibly pejorative) The act of Frenchify.
  2. (slang, possibly pejorative) Something Frenchified.
related terms:
  • Frenchify
Synonyms: Gallicization, francization
frenchified pronunciation
  • /ˈfrɛn(t)ʃɪˌfaɪd/
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of frenchify
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (ethnic slur, slang) Having contract a venereal disease.
  2. Having become more like the French.
French kisser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Someone who French kiss.
French leave etymology The Oxford English Dictionary records: "the custom (in the 18th century prevalent in France and sometimes imitated in England) of going away from a reception, etc. without taking leave of the host or hostess. Hence, jocularly, to take French leave is to go away, or do anything, without permission or notice." OED states the first recorded usage as: 1771 SMOLLETT Humph. Cl. (1895) 238 "He stole away an Irishman's bride, and took a French leave of me and his master."
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A sudden or unannounced departure, or one taken without permission.
    • The Great Task Remaining: The Third Year of Lincoln's War, page 10, William Marvel, 2010, “he may have felt a particular need to mitigate the responsibility of those who shirked their duty, for as he wrote that letter he had just returned from French leave himself.”
Frenchy {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Frenchie pronunciation
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  1. (slang, sometimes construed as derogatory) A native or resident of France, or a francophone, or a person of French lineage.
    • 1903, , The Scarlet Pimpernel, They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven—is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel?
  2. A short form for various names: Francine, Franchelle, Francoise, etc., e.g. .
frenemy {{rfc}} Alternative forms: frienemy etymology {{blend}}. Likely to have been invented independently multiple times. pronunciation
  • /frɛ.nɪ.mi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Someone who pretend to be your friend, but is really your enemy.
    • 1987, I Ain't No Joke, by Eric B. and Rakim, on the album "Paid in Full." "Another enemy / Not even a frenemy."
    • 2000, frenemiesSex and the City, season 3 episode 16, first aired October 1. [title]
    • 2001, In France the Seine has all the advantages of Northernness (a quality underrated by our Gallic frenemy) but it is too fatally interested in Paris [...] —John Lanchester, The Debt to Pleasure.
    • 2004, You know when you dump a guy, only to discover years later that he's evolved into the perfect boyfriend—for the high-school frenemy who convinced you to dump him in the first place...? —The Ex-Factor, Andrea Semple. [back cover]
    • 2005, So why did we break up? Enter Blaize St. John, frenemy extraordinaire. She came, she saw, she stole my boyfriend. —Single Girl's Guide to Murder, Joanne Meyer. [back cover]
    • 2007, "Gates made a rare and instructive appearance with his longtime frenemy Steve Jobs." Appeared on Time's June 18, 2007 issue.
  2. (humorous) A fair-weather friend who is also a rival.
Synonyms: betrayer, double-crosser, traitor, palhole
fresh {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /fɹɛʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English fresch, fersch, from Old English fersc, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preisk-. Cognate with Scots fresch, Western Frisian farsk, Dutch vers, Walloon frexh, German frisch, French frais, Danish frisk, fersk, Icelandic ferskur, Lithuanian prėskas, Russian пресный 〈presnyj〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Newly produced or obtained. He followed the fresh hoofprints to find the deer. I seem to make fresh mistakes every time I start writing.
  2. Not cooked, dried, frozen, or spoiled. After taking a beating in the boxing ring, the left side of his face looked like fresh meat. I brought home from the market a nice bunch of fresh spinach leaves straight from the farm. a glass of fresh milk
  3. (of plant material) Still green and not dried.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get…
  4. Refreshing or cool. What a nice fresh breeze.
  5. (of water) Without salt; not saline. After a day at sea it was good to feel the fresh water of the stream.
    • {{ante}} (?), The World Encompassed, Nicholas Bourne (publisher, 1628), page 49: There we made our ſhip faſt with foure ropes, in ſmooth water, and the freſh water ranne downe out of the hill into the ſea, …
    • 1820, William Scoresby, An Account of the Arctic Regions, Archibald Constable & Co., page 230: When dissolved, it produces water sometimes perfectly fresh, and sometimes saltish; …
    • 2009, Adele Pillitteri, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Sixth Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, ISBN 9781582559995, page 1557: Additional changes that occur when water enters the lungs depend on whether the water is fresh or salt.
  6. Rested; not tired or fatigued.
    • {{quote-news}} Before the match, Hodgson had expressed the hope that his players would be fresh rather than rusty after an 18-day break from league commitments because of two successive postponements.
  7. In a raw or untried state; uncultured; unpracticed. a fresh hand on a ship
  8. youthful; florid
    • Shakespeare these fresh nymphs
Synonyms: See also
  • stale
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rush of water, along a river or onto the land; a flood.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (Nebraska, 1987), page 21: They went on very well with their work until it was nigh done, when there came the second epistle to Noah's fresh, and away went their mill, shot, lock, and barrel.
  2. A stream or spring of fresh water.
    • Shakespeare He shall drink naught but brine; for I'll not show him / Where the quick freshes are.
  3. The mingling of fresh water with salt in rivers or bays, as by means of a flood of fresh water flowing toward or into the sea.
    • History and Present State of Virginia, Robert Beverley, Jr., 1705, “When they cross any great Water, or violent Fresh, or Torrent, they throw Tobacco, Puccoon, Peak, or some other valuable thing, that they happen to have about there, to intreat the Spirit presiding there, to grant them a safe passage. It is call'd a Fresh, when after very great Rains, or (as we suppose) after a great Thaw of the Snow and Ice lying upon the Mountains Page 43 to the North West, the Water descends, in such abundance into the Rivers, that they overflow the Banks which bound their Streams at other times.”
etymology 2 1848, US slang, probably from German frech, from Middle High German vrech, from Old High German freh, from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg-. Cognate with Old English frec and Danish fræk. More at freak.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Rude, cheeky, or inappropriate; presumptuous; disrespectful; forward. No one liked his fresh comments.
  2. Sexually aggressive or forward; prone to caress too eagerly; overly flirtatious. Hey, don't get fresh with me!
Synonyms: See also
  • {{rank}}
freshers' flu {{wikipedia}} etymology From fresher and flu, an abbreviation of influenza.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A cold or similar illness contracted by new student at a university, caused by gathering people (and the disease they carry) from a wide variety of places in a confined area, allowing the diseases to spread to those without immunity.
related terms:
  • con crud (contracted at conventions)
freshie Alternative forms: freshy etymology fresh + ie. In the sense of an immigrant, shortened from fresh off the boat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US) A freshman
  2. (colloquial, UK) A new immigrant (usually to the UK)
  3. (colloquial, Australia) A
  • heifers
freshman fifteen {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: freshman 15 etymology freshman + fifteen (pounds)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US, Canada) Amount of weight (thought to be 15 pounds) gained by a student during their first year of college.
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Synonyms: (Australia) fresher five, fresher spread
fresh meat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A person or group of people who arouse one's interest, either as a new target for deception, humiliation or ridicule, or as a potential love interest or one night stand.
  2. (informal) Any newcomer.
fresh off the boat {{wikipedia}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, usually, derogatory) Newly arrive from a foreign place, especially as an immigrant who is still unfamiliar with the custom and language of his or her new environment.
    • 2005, Lev Grossman, "They Built This City (book review)," Time, 20 Mar.: Metropolis is the story of a harmless, hapless, nameless young German immigrant, fresh off the boat in 1860-something, who has a knack for naively stumbling into complicated plots through no fault of his own.
Synonyms: FOB (abbreviation)
fret pronunciation
  • /frɛt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English freten, from Old English fretan, from Proto-Germanic *fraetaną, corresponding to for + eat. Cognate with Dutch vreten, fretten, Low German freten, German fressen, Danish fråse, Swedish fräta, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽〉, 𐍆𐍂𐌰-𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐍆𐍂𐌰-𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽〉.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete/poetic) To devour, consume; eat.
    • {{rfdate}}— Piers Ploughman. Adam freet of that fruit, And forsook the love of our Lord.
    • Wiseman Many wheals arose, and fretted one into another with great excoriation.
  2. (transitive and intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
  3. (intransitive) To be worn away; to chafe; to fray. A wristband frets on the edges.
  4. (transitive) To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
  5. (transitive) To chafe or irritate; to worry.
  6. (intransitive) To worry or be anxious.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
  7. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
    • Dryden He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.
  8. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple. to fret the surface of water
  9. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle. Rancour frets in the malignant breast.
  10. (music) To press down the string behind a fret.
  11. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
    • Spenser whose skirt with gold was fretted all about
    • Shakespeare Yon grey lines, / That fret the clouds, are messengers of day.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water. {{rfquotek}}
  2. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation. He keeps his mind in a continual fret.
    • Pope Yet then did Dennis rave in furious fret.
  3. Herpes; tetter. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (mining, in the plural) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
etymology 2 From Middle English < Old French, from the verb freter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
  2. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
    • Evelyn His lady's cabinet is adorned on the fret, ceiling, and chimney-piece with … carving.
  3. (heraldiccharge) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
etymology 3 From Latin fretum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strait; channel.
related terms:
  • fretum
  • transfrete
etymology 4 unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal, North East England) A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea.
  • reft
etymology 1 fret + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (heraldry) Covered with a lattice-like pattern of diagonally interlaced bendlet and bendlets sinister. The coats of various noble British families were originally fretty, but later 'simplified' to a single fret
  • In heraldic descriptions, the term is used between the color of the field and the color (most often a metal) of the bendlets to specify the tinctures of the fretwork.
related terms:
  • fretsaw
  • fretwork
etymology 2 fret + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Inclined to fret, agitated, worrying.
  2. (colloquial) Inflamed, like a sore.
Synonyms: (inclined to fret) fretful, fretsome
frice etymology As if to continue the sequence twice, thrice with four.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (rare, nonstandard, humorous) four time
    • 1999, John R Erickson, Gerald L Holmes, Every dog has his day ...not once or twice or thrice or frice, but many times, and always under awkward conditions.
    • 2001, Benedict Kelly, The collected stories of Benedict Kiely ...and wince, she says, and twice and thrice and frice and fice and sice and seven-up sits the Star of the County Down...
    • 2001, "Joe", Linnell finds the camera! (on Internet newsgroup Three cheers for scratch: Hip hip huzzah! Hip hip huzzah! Hip hip huz-ZAH! Not only do I get to see it now, but I got to say huzzah thrice! Well, I guess now it's frice.
    • 2001, "Alan T Gower", Seconds from Disaster (on Internet newsgroup I've been caught out once or twice or thrice or frice.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of fricking
Fridayish etymology Friday + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of Friday, especially as the last day of the working week.
    • 1905, Charles Warren Stoddard, Summer Cruising in the South Seas There was a Fridayish and Lent-like atmosphere hovering over the spot, and I turned away to watch some youths who were riding surf-boards …
    • 2012, John Lawton, Old Flames Troy wandered over to the Commons, down the tunnel that connected the Underground to Westminster, past a tired, Fridayish constable, saluting him in the most perfunctory fashion, and up the staircase …
fridge magnet {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A decoration attached to a magnet, displayed on the outside of refrigerator doors.
  2. (British, slang) A stupid person.
fried pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of fry
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cooked by fry.
  2. (specifically, of an egg) Being fried with the yolk unbroken. He always ate his eggs fried, never scrambled.
  3. (colloquial, of computer equipment) Broken as a result of excessive heat or an electrical surge. It looks like your motherboard is fried.
  4. (slang) stoned; under the influence of drug Man, I got totally fried on weed at Chad's party.'
  • fired
fried egg
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An egg that has been shallow-fried on one or both sides.
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  2. (golf, slang) A golf ball half-buried in sand in a bunker.
  3. (slang, usually in the plural) A woman's small breasts.
  • Commonly referred to in parts of the US as "egg, sunny side up" or "egg, over easy".
  • figgered
Friedman unit etymology From 's repeated use of the phrase "the next six months" as the time period when the outcome of the Iraq war will be resolved.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous, neologism) A period of six months
friend {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English frende, frend, freond, from Old English frēond, from Proto-Germanic *frijōndz, from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy-, equivalent to free + and. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Früünd, Western Frisian freon, froen, freondinne, Dutch vriend, Low German Frund, Fründ, German Freund, Danish frænde, Swedish frände, Icelandic frændi, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃 〈𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽𐌳𐍃〉. More at free. pronunciation
  • /fɹɛnd/
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  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person other than a family member, spouse or lover whose company one enjoys and towards whom one feels affection.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame. At the same time he cast off the chrysalis of a commonplace existence.”
    exampleJohn and I have been friends ever since we were roommates at college.&nbsp;&nbsp; Trust is important between friends.&nbsp;&nbsp; I used to find it hard to make friends when I was shy.
  2. A boyfriend or girlfriend.
  3. An associate who provides assistance. exampleThe Automobile Association is every motorist's friend.&nbsp;&nbsp; The police is every law-abiding citizen's friend.
  4. A person with whom one is vaguely or indirectly acquainted
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    examplea friend of a friend;&nbsp; I added him as a friend on Facebook, but I hardly know&nbsp;him.
  5. A person who backs or supports something. exampleI’m not a friend of cheap wine.
  6. (informal) An object or idea that can be used for good. exampleWiktionary is your friend.
  7. (colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative) Used as a form of address when warning someone. exampleYou’d better watch it, friend.
  8. (computing, programming) In object-oriented programming, a function or class granted special access to the private and protected member of another class.
    • 1991, Tom Swan, Learning C++ But don't take the following sections as an endorsement of friends. Top C++ programmers avoid using friends unless absolutely necessary.
    • 2001, Stephen Prata, C++ primer plus In that case, the function needn't (and shouldn't) be a friend.
    • 2008, D S Malik, C++ Programming: From Problem Analysis to Program Design To make a function be a friend to a class, the reserved word friend precedes the function prototype…
  9. (obsolete) A paramour of either sex. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (person whose company one enjoys) bud (US), buddy (US), chum (British), mate (British), pal, crony, amigo, bro, (boyfriend or girlfriend) boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, (person with whom you are acquainted) acquaintance, (person who provides assistance) ally, (person who backs something) admirer, booster, champion, protagonist, supporter, (form of address used in warning someone) buster, mate (British), pal, buddy, See also
  • (person whose company one enjoys) enemy, foe, nemesis (nonstandard)
  • (person who provides assistance) enemy, foe
  • We usually make a friend, or make friends with someone. See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To act as a friend to, to befriend; to be friendly to, to help.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii: Lo sluggish Knight the victors happie pray: / So fortune friends the bold [...].
  2. (transitive) To add (a person) to a list of friends on a social networking site; to officially designate (someone) as a friend.
    • 2006, David Fono and Kate Raynes-Goldie, "Hyperfriendship and Beyond: Friends and Social Norms on LiveJournal" (PDF version), Internet Research Annual Volume 4, Peter Lang, ISBN 0820478571, page 99, The difference between responses to the statement, "If someone friends me, I will friend them," and "If I friend someone, I expect them to friend me back," is telling.
    • 2006, Kevin Farnham and Dale G. Farnham, Myspace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens And Parents, How-To Primers, ISBN 0977883353, page 69, One of the most used features of MySpace is the practice that is nicknamed "friending." If you "friend" someone, then that person is added to your MySpace friends list, and you are added to their friends list.
Synonyms: (to act as the friend of) befriend
  • (social networking) defriend, unfriend
  • {{rank}}
  • finder
  • refind
friend of Dorothy {{wikipedia}} etymology Commonly thought to refer to Dorothy in (1939), portrayed by gay icon Judy Garland.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated, euphemistic) A homosexual man.
friend of mine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Mafia, slang) a personal friend who is not a member of the Mafia
  • Used to indicate that Mafia business is not to be discussed in his presence
friend of ours
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, Mafia, slang) a member of the Mafia in another town or district, but not a direct rival
  • Used to indicate a certain level of trust
friendshippy Alternative forms: friendshipy etymology From friendship + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Indicative of friendship or friendliness; cordial.
    • 1874, Eustace Clare Grenville Murray, Young Brown: 'Dine with me, of course, Brown,' said Sir Eichard, whom the Malaga had made very friendshippy.'
    • 2001, Marlene Fanta Shyer, Second chances - Page 156: "I really like it," Wally jumped into the breach, trying to make up for the cold splash with his warm towel of friendshippy approval.
    • 2005, Sharon R. Mazzarella, Girl Wide Web: Girls, The Internet, And The Negotiation Of Identity - Page 112: Don't soaps want to have hot romances that heat up the screen? A couple fighting to be together? I mean, sweet, "friendshipy" marriages might be nice in real life, but TV romances need something more.
    • 2008, Sabine Clemm, Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood: 'I had never before known [ . . . ] what an odd, singing, dancing, saving, dreaming, stuffing, love-making, visiting, lazy, gossipping, speculating, friendshippy [ . . . ] maudlin, smoking, soaking life the Germans lead.'
    • 2009, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Brand X: The Boyfriend Account: “You're incredible,” I'd said sincerely. Out of the blue he kissed me after that compliment! But it all too quickly felt too friendshipy.
friendsome etymology From friend + some. Compare Scots friendsome, German freundsam.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (usually colloquial) Indicating friendship; in manner, like or befitting a friend; friendlike; friendly.
    • 1901, Gwendoline Keats, Tales of Dunstáble Weir - Page 130: Everyone outside my mother called father Eben. Father looked up and smiled. He and Miss Bet had been terrible friendsome ever since the day when, as a tiddleliwinkie snip o' a child [...]
    • 2000, Randall Beth Platt, The 1898 Baseball Fe-As-Ko - Page 156: He was long-married hisownself, real friendsome, and his smile wasn't aimed at me, it was to match my own.
    • 2010, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas: [...] maybe Yanagi b'liefed us an' maybe he din't, but he bartered us fungusdo' for rockfish an' warned us Waimea Town weren't so friendsome as it'd been once, nay, Kona say-soed'n'knucklied ficklewise an' you cudn't guess their b'havin's.
friend with benefits etymology
  • Created by for her 1995 song "".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) A friend with whom one has a casual sexual relationship.
    • 2003, Alexander Hart, Time in Question “I’m just saying that usually when you have a friend who’s a girl, it’s not just that she’s your friend. Either you’ve known her a long time, or she’s a friend with benefits.
    • 2003, William Marsiglio, Making Males Mindful of Their Sexual and Procreative Identities: Using Self-Narratives in Field Settings, in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vol. 35, No. 5 Gender norms influence how young men orient themselves to sexual partners and girlfriends, and men’s procreative consciousness is sometimes affected by how they define a potential or actual sex partner (e.g., casual or serious girlfriend, “friend with benefits,” hookup).
    • 2004, Cynthia Henry, Discovering Normal “Can I be so bold as to ask if I can be a friend with benefits?”
    • 2005, Jennifer Klein, University of Pennsylvania The College Relationship is the hook up that turns into a “a person to hang out with,” more or less, a friend with benefits. This is a person whose company you sincerely enjoy, and you choose to spend extra time both hanging out and hooking up with, but there is no spoken commitment involved.
Synonyms: See also .
related terms:
  • friendship with benefits
friend zone {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The situation in which one is viewed by a potential partner as a platonic friend, precluding the possibility of a romantic relationship.
    • 1996, , Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (appox. 42 minutes) Every platonic friend I got is some woman I was tryin' to fuck, I made a wrong turn somewhere, and ended up in the friend zone.
    • 2003, Dan Indante, Karl Marks, The Complete A**hole's Guide to Handling Chicks Clearly, it is critical that you stay out of the friend zone.
    • 2004, Tony Clink, Bret Witter, The layguide But, even after such a promising start, a lot of guys let their encounters degenerate into . . . the dreaded Friend Zone.
    • 2005, Terry Dennis, The Manual Once in a while, you will find yourself stuck in the friend zone. Don't panic, you are not alone.
    • 2007, Helen Salter, Does Snogging Count as Exercise? "Stuck in the Friend Zone," said Sasha wisely, although I don't think she's dipped a toe in the Friend Zone in her life.
etymology 1 From Middle English friggen, perhaps from Old English *, related to Old English frēogan, frīgan, frīge. More at free. Alternative etymology derives frig (Early Modern English frigge) from Middle English frikien, from Old English frician. pronunciation
  • /frɪɡ/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, obsolete) to fidget, to wriggle around Will you sit down and stop frigging around.
  2. (ambitransitive) to masturbate She never forgot the day she was caught frigging herself in the library.
    • 1880, anonymous, There was an old parson of Lundy, Fell asleep in his vestry on Sunday; He awoke with a scream, "What, another wet dream, This comes of not frigging since Monday."
  3. (ambitransitive) to fuck (misapplied euphemism) Come on honey, let’s frig.
    • 1988, , , page 113 Not that we didn’t frig in the day-time too.
  4. (intransitive) to mess or muck (about, around etc.) Be sensible, you’re just frigging about now.
  5. (ambitransitive) to make a temporary alteration to something, to fudge, to manipulate The system wasn't working but I've frigged the data and it's usable now.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an act of frigging
  2. A temporary modification to a piece of equipment to change the way it operates (usually away from as originally designed) I had to put a couple of frigs across the switch relays but it works now
  3. a fuck I don’t give a frig!
etymology 2 Abbreviation. pronunciation
  • /frɪdʒ/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a fridge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An object crafted for the personal amusement of craftsmen, their friends and family.
  2. (mild, expletive, slang) A fucker.
  3. (slang) Someone who frigs.
  4. (Australia, slang, derogatory) An individual who is stereotypical of a rural Australian, typically wearing plain denim jeans, singlets and cowboy hat.
Synonyms: (rural Australian) hick, bumpkin
frigging pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of frig
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. female masturbation
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) An intensifier, a euphemism of fucking. Will you get out of the frigging bathroom? We're already running late.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (euphemistic) Fucking, as intensifier. He thinks he's so frigging talented, but he's crap. He thinks he can frigging sing.
frighten the piss out of
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, slang, vulgar) to frighten thoroughly.
frigid etymology From Latin frīgidus, from frīgeō, from frigus, from Proto-Indo-European *sriges-, *sriHges-. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈfɹɪdʒɪd/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very cold; lacking warmth; icy.
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  2. Chilly in manner; lacking affection or zeal; impassive.
  3. (colloquial) Sexually unresponsive, especially of a woman.
related terms:
  • frigidity
  • frigidly
  • frigidness
  • fervid
frig it
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, coarse) An expression of frustration similar to, but not as vulgar as fuck it.
  • especially common in southern Canada.
Synonyms: fuck all (vulgar), fuck it (vulgar), fuck this (vulgar), screw it (coarse), whatever, who cares
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) frilly clothing
frindle etymology Coined by in his 1996 children's novel . pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈfɹɪn.dəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) A pen.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
fringefan etymology fringe + fan pronunciation
  • /fɹɪndʒfæn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom slang, sometimes, pejorative) A science fiction fan primarily interested in a specific subset of fandom; a partial fan on the fringe of fandom.
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    • {{quote-usenet }} I repeat my contention that absence of critical sense is one of the marks of the fringefan, and introduce the corollary (observable from the earliest days of anything recognizable as fandom) that argumentativeness is one of the common denominators of the [trufan] (I hate that term but it carries a useful sense).
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-usenet }} Depends on what you want from a con, but I imagine that the name GoH attracts the fringefen who would not come otherwise, and those people pay enough money so the con can book all the function space it wants to.
    • {{quote-usenet }} Oh, I do enjoy Ansible as well . However, I wasn't sure that was a True Fanzine (tm) - after all, it's read by (shock, horror) media fans, filkers, and other such fringefen. It also uses Modern Technology, not Traditional Ways Of Producing Fanzines (not that the email version of DR is exactly traditional either!)...
When used as a pejorative, it implies that the person barely counts as a real fan, and their particular fandom is illegitimate. Typically covers distinct, often new fandoms rather than general, traditional science fiction fandom. For example:
  • {{quote-book }}
  • Trekker
  • Trekkie
  • Whovian
Frisco etymology Shortening of San Francisco. pronunciation
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  1. (slang) San Francisco, California.
    • 1968, , (song): Left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay, I had nothin' to live for, looks like nothin's gonna come my way, I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay, watchin' the tide roll away, sittin' on the dock of the bay, wastin' time.
    • 1872, "Emperor" , Edict: Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word "Frisco," which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars.
This term is rarely used in California today, and may be considered insulting by residents of the city.
frisky etymology frisk + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. playful; energetic; lively; enthusiastic He had his hands full, with three frisky kittens in the house.
  2. (informal) Sexually stimulated; horny
Fritz etymology From German Fritz, pet form of Friedrich.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, offensive, ethnic slur) A German person.
Synonyms: Boche, jerry, Kraut, Hun
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, offensive) A name used to represent the German people (particularly the German armed forces) as a group. But if Fritz is stationed in that patch of woodland, we've got no chance! You! Fritz! Tell us where the ammunition's kept!
  2. A given name.
fritz etymology unknown. See on the fritz, which appeared in 1902. Possibly from German name Fritz, or onomatopoeia.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The state of being defective.
  2. (Australia, chiefly, South Australia) A type of processed meat sausage; devon
    • 2000, Peter Cerexhe, John Ashton, Risky Foods, Safer Choices: Avoiding Food Poisoning, [http//|%22fritzes%22+smallgoods+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7HFYT7_2FKnjmAWphOizCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22fritz%22|%22fritzes%22%20smallgoods%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 52], Generally, cooked deli products include Devon, Strasbourg sausage, Polish sausage, fritz, cabanossi or cabana, mortadella, and well-cooked roast beef (brown/grey in colour).
Used especially in the expression on the fritz.
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  • on the fritz
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To go wrong or become defective.
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    • 2009, Jaqueline Girdner, Murder, My Deer (page 15) My brain was fritzing like an elderly TV set about to die. I hit the side of my head with the heel of my hand. Percussive maintenance. It didn't work.
Fritzie etymology Fritz + ie
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  1. (UK, offensive) A German person.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of frizzy
  2. (colloquial) With "the", unkempt curly hair, especially of women.
fro pronunciation
  • (RP) [frəʊ]
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etymology 1 From Middle English fro, fra, from Old English fra, from Old Norse frá, from Proto-Germanic *fram, from Proto-Indo-European *promo-. Cognate with Scots frae, Icelandic frá. More at from.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) From; away; back or backward. In modern English used only in the set phrase to and fro ("back and forth").
etymology 2 A shortening of afro.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An afro (hairstyle).
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frog {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /frɒɡ/
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  • (US) /frɑɡ/, /frɔɡ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English frogge, from Old English frogga, frocga, from Proto-Germanic *fruþgô, a pet-form of Proto-Germanic *fruþ-, *frauþaz, deverbative of Proto-Indo-European *prew-. Cognate with Old Norse frauki, Sanskrit प्लव 〈plava〉, प्लवक 〈plavaka〉, Lithuanian sprūgti, Russian пры́гнуть 〈prýgnutʹ〉, пры́гать 〈prýgatʹ〉, Albanian fryj).J.P. Mallory & D.Q. Adams, eds, ''Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture'', s.v. "Jump" (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997), 323. See also frosh, frosk.
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  1. A small tailless amphibian of the order Anura that typically hop
  2. The part of a violin bow (or 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
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) Road. Shorter, more common form of frog and toad
  4. The depression in the upper face of a pressed or handmade clay brick
  5. An organ on the bottom of a horse’s hoof that assists in the circulation of blood
  6. The part of a railway switch or turnout where the running-rails cross (from the resemblance to the frog in a horse’s hoof)
  7. An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole.
  8. The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword.
Synonyms: (amphibian: frog) frosh, frosk, frock, (amphibian: frog or toad) pad, paddock, (railway switch component) common crossing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hunt or trap frogs.
  2. (transitive, biology) To use a pronged plater to transfer (cell) to another plate.
etymology 2 From frog legs, stereotypical food of the French. Compare rosbif, from roast beef, corresponding French term for English, likewise based on stereotypical food.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A French person
  2. (Canada, offensive) A French-speaking person from Quebec
  • (French person) rosbif (of an English, by French)
etymology 3 unknown. Possibly from Portuguese froco, from Latin floccus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword or bayonet, or its scabbard, to a waist or shoulder belt
  2. An ornate fastener for clothing consisting of a button, toggle, or knot, that fits through a loop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To ornament or fasten a coat, etc. with frogs
etymology 4 Supposedly from ribbit sounding similar to "rip it".
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To unravel (a knitted garment).
frogeater etymology frog + eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A French person.
    • Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Elusive Pimpernel Sir Andrew Ffoulkes is a gallant gentleman, you may take your Bible oath on that, but he that fights the murdering frogeaters single-handed is he whom they call The Scarlet Pimpernel: the bravest gentleman in all the world.
froggy pronunciation
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  1. (childish or endearing) A frog.
    • Children's poem, publishing date unknown This little froggy took a big leap This little froggy took a small This little froggy leaped sideways And this little froggy not at all And this little froggy went, hippity, hippity, hippity hop, all the way home.
    • Children's poem, publishing date unknown Hop little froggy, hop hop hop Hop little froggy, and don't you stop
  2. (ethnic slur, offensive) A Frenchman.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Froglike.
  2. Suffering from a frog in one's throat; hoarse.
    • 1938, The American Legion Magazine Absolutely voiceless and baggy-eyed from hours of sour singing, no sleep, and a froggy throat from yelling in ego to be heard atop the rest.
frogsicle etymology frog + sicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A cold or frozen frog.
    • 1997, James Martin, Frogs, Crown Publishers (1997), ISBN 9780517709061, page 22: When spring comes, the frogsicle defrosts and shivers back to life.
    • 2005, Aimee H. Bakken, What's Inside a Frog, Tangerine Press/Scholastic (2005), ISBN 9780439830935, unknown page: Some frogs can become frogsicles and still live! The North American wood frog can withstand brutal winters.
    • 2008, William Hanson, The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives, Palgrave Macmillan (2009), ISBN 9780230621091, page 182: The Canadian wood frog turns into a frozen frogsicle every winter …
from hell Alternative forms: from Hell
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (informal) exceptionally bad or unpleasant. The Hensleys are neighbour from hell.
  • Always placed after the noun; "a neighbour from hell", "a sister from hell".
from the East German judge etymology Because of the reputation of East German judges for giving low scores to non-East Germans.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Used with an imaginary low score in a competition.
    • 1988, Linda Frye Burnham, High Performance The Birdman receives straight 6-figure contracts across the board except from the East German judge, who makes him pay for his own lunch and won't even validate parking.
    • August 2003, , , The Berkley Publishing Group (August 2004), p. 444: “Nice pop, Aldo.” “Well, I guess a five-point-six from the East German judge. Let’s get moving.”
    • 2007, Car and Driver (volume 52, page 72) The Camry interior styling and fit and finish get eights, even from the East German judge, but the Kia's pull solid nines.

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