Definition of jackass frigate in English:

jackass frigate


historical Nautical
  • A (type of) small frigate or similar warship; especially a small 28-gun warship of a class built for the Royal Navy in the late 18th and early 19th century, having square-rigged sails and a single gun deck.

    Frequently depreciative, especially in early use.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Age.