Definition of frosh in English:


nounfrosh, froshes

informalNorth American
  • A college freshman.

    as modifier ‘frosh week’
    • ‘This course gives the hardcore basics for surviving through the monotony of the undergraduate frosh existence.’
    • ‘Anyway, I see all the frosh running around doing their orientation/initiation routines.’
    • ‘To the rest of the Millennium frosh: university isn't always peaches and cream, but I hope when all is said and done, these were the best times of your lives.’
    • ‘There's a song that Carleton University likes to teach their frosh about the University of Ottawa.’
    • ‘The list of what this year's frosh will not experience, compared to my frosh year (a mere four years ago) is long.’
    • ‘At the end of the week, when half of our first year students are disappointed with an uneventful frosh experience, which policy is more respecting of our future graduates?’
    • ‘Some of the frosh activities are so outrageous that students can't help but form friendships.’
    • ‘As a first year student I had no idea that my frosh leaders had been ingrained with this rule a year earlier.’
    • ‘As a parent of a frosh I am wondering where the campus police or security is when these acts of vandalism occur.’
    • ‘One of the many frosh I met this week, whose name is one of many that I don't remember, told me that he was expecting ‘mass drinking.’’
    • ‘The frosh living in residence are on a particularly level playing field, thanks to, if you will, their standard issue uniform - the dorm room.’
    • ‘Originally, my column this week talked about my drunken frosh week and how much fun I had reminiscing about first-year exploits.’
    • ‘As frosh week approaches, preparations are being finalized for a theological battle that is waged on campus each year.’
    • ‘I've been a frosh leader for the last two years, and I am constantly baffled by how awesome my fellow leaders are.’
    • ‘I could clearly see just how underaged most of the frosh really were.’
    • ‘After frosh week, Millie returned to her home in front of Health Services.’
    • ‘The frosh in attendance were loud and boisterous in the early part of the game, cheering their Warriors on.’
    • ‘With frosh girls, sometimes alls you need to do is sit with her in class.’
    • ‘The first time I took a nap in my frosh year I awoke and immediately got freaked out.’
    • ‘Some people are really hard on the froshes, and everybody else is * really * hard on them.’
    first-year student, undergraduate


Early 20th century alteration of freshman, perhaps influenced by German Frosch ‘frog’ (in dialect use ‘grammar-school student’).