Definition of frug in English:



  • A vigorous dance to pop music, popular in the mid 1960s.

    • ‘They will come to shows dressed like that, and dance the frug and the mashed potato off in the corner, and have a blast, a '60s night, every time the Gruesomes would play.’
    • ‘Using his early films, like Vinyl, to document dance styles, such as the frug, Warhol records different ways of posturing.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most audacious piece is ‘In Cleveland’, which begins with a bouncy disco theme (anyone for the twist, or perhaps the frug?).’
    • ‘At night, our brainy babe sports a bikini, hits the local dive, and does the naked frug in front of a bunch of drunken longshoremen.’
    • ‘He played in a band, the Holy Modal Rounders, and his early plays often required their casts to ‘do the frug onstage’.’

verbfrugs, frugging, frugged

[no object]
  • Perform the frug.

    • ‘We're all on our feet, frugging away, rolling back the years.’
    • ‘My dad was a big big fan of Ry Cooder when I was growing up, and I can remember frugging wildly to a tune or two by him.’
    • ‘Ever since youngsters frugged to ‘The Monster Mash’ in the early '60s, Halloween has been the unofficial rock 'n' roll holiday.’
    • ‘The main protagonists of Wedding From Hell Part One all sat out in the rain looking miserable while we frugged the night away.’
    • ‘Besides the unused concert footage, this fun tribute to frugging comes with an appropriately cheesy dance seminar that gives you all the steps you need.’
    • ‘They rolled out cycles of lusty beach party films such as Beach Blanket Bingo in which teenagers frug to two of the singing icons of the genre, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.’
    • ‘The New Mastersounds have done a fantastic job of getting the frenetic fire of their live shows onto a small silver disc enabling you to frug your heart out in the comfort of your living room.’
    • ‘Seeing as the worst he seems to manage is a bit of frugging on the dancefloor, it doesn't sound too problematic.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, Rob Finnis leapt to his feet and frugged to and fro like a tall birch in the wind.’
    • ‘I can often be seen frugging around my living room in the wee hours to a spot of Elvis.’
    • ‘Go-go dancers frugged in the background, except when the stage grew dark and silent and James Brown stepped to the microphone for a gospel-drenched ballad.’
    • ‘Shuffling around bars with garbage sound systems to music that my parents frugged to is not my idea of a good time.’
    • ‘More than 20,000 toys were collected for Louisville-area underprivileged children as people dance, jumped and frugged to the music Billy Joe Royal, Ian Whitcomb and others.’
    • ‘With a live band featuring organist Billy Preston, weekly Righteous Brothers features, and dancers who broke new ground simply by frugging in prime time, it helped create a generation.’
    • ‘I can imagine the grizzled producer sitting there, all designer stubble and plastered grin, chomping on a cigar while Moynahan comes in and frugs for his personal pleasure.’
    • ‘I forget which band was on stage, but a large number of celebrities felt the need to get round the front and frug away like mad, drug-addled dervishes to the vogueish young sounds that make today's youth do the hippy-hippy shake.’
    • ‘She-Devils is a demented delicacy where the girl's just want to fight, frug, and fornicate as part of their ‘fun.’’
    • ‘If you can listen to either one's music without starting to twist, frug or jerk, you seriously need a soul implant.’
    • ‘Her dream is always the same: she becomes a dancer on TV's Hullabaloo and gaily frugs the night away.’
    • ‘The chorus shimmies, writhes, whirls, frugs, and electric-slides from one end of the stage to the other in the campy choreography of debauched hippies.’


1960s of unknown origin.