Dictionary: FRIG'ID – FRISK'ET

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FRIG'ID, a. [L. frigidus, from frigeo, to be or to grow cold; rigeo, to be stiff or frozen; Gr. ῥιγεω. If the radical sense is to be stiff, the root coincides nearly with that of right, rectus, or with that of reach, region, which is to stretch, that is, to draw or contract.]

  1. Cold; wanting heat or warmth; as, the frigid zone.
  2. Wanting warmth of affection; unfeeling; as, a frigid temper or constitution.
  3. Wanting natural heat or vigor sufficient to excite the generative power; impotent.
  4. Dull; jejune; unanimated; wanting the fire of genius or fancy; as, a frigid style; frigid rhymes.
  5. Stiff; formal; forbidding; as, a frigid look or manner.
  6. Wanting zeal; dull; formal; lifeless; as, frigid services.


  1. Coldness; want of warmth. But not applied to the air or weather.
  2. Want of natural heat, life and vigor of body; impotency: imbecility; as, the frigidity of old age.
  3. Coldness of affection.
  4. Dullness; want of animation or intellectual fire; as, the frigidity of sentiments or style.

FRIG'ID-LY, adv.

Coldly; dully; without affection.


Coldness; dullness; want of heat or vigor; want of affection. [See Frigidity.]

FRIG-O-RIF'IC, a. [Fr. frigorifique; L. frigorifcus; frigus, cold, and facio, to make.]

Causing cold; producing or generating cold. Encyc. Quincy.

FRILL, n. [infra.]

An edging of fine linen on the bosom of a shirt or other similar thing; a ruffle. Mason.

FRILL, v.i. [Fr. frileux, chilly. We have the word in trill, D. trillen, to shake, G. trillern; all with a different prefix. Class Rl.]

To shake; to quake; to shiver as with cold; as, the hawk frills. Encyc.

FRIM, a. [Sax. freom.]

Flourishing. [Not in use.] Drayton.

FRINGE, n. [frinj; Fr. frange; It. frangia; Sp. and Port. franja; Arm. frainch, or flainch; G. franje; D. franje; Dan. frynse. It seems to be from L. frango, to break, Sp. frangir.]

  1. An ornamental appendage to the borders of garments or furniture, consisting of loose threads. The golden fringe e'en sets the ground on flame. Dryden.
  2. Something resembling fringe; and open broken border. Mountagu.

FRINGE, v.t.

To adorn or border with fringe or a loose edging.


Bordered with fringe.


Having no fringe.


Resembling fringe.


One who makes fringe.


Bordering with fringe.


Adorned with fringes. Shak.

FRIP'PER-ER, n. [See Frippery.]

One who deals in old clothes.

FRIP'PER-Y, n. [Fr. friperie, from friper, to fumble, to ruffle, to wear out, to waste; Arm. fripa or flippa; Sp. roperia, ropavejeria, from ropa, cloth, stuff, apparel, which seems to be the Eng. robe; Port. roupa, clothes, furniture; farrapo, a rag; perhaps from the root of Eng. rub, that is, to wear, to use, as we say wearing apparel, for to wear is to rub. See Robe.]

  1. Old clothes; east dresses; clothes thrown aside, after wearing. Hence, waste matter; useless things; trifles; as, the frippery of wit. B. Jonson.
  2. The place where old clothes are sold. Shak.
  3. The trade or traffick in old clothes. Encyc.

FRIS-EUR, n. [Fr. from friser, to curl.]

A hairdresser. Warton.


Lively; brisk; blithe. Hall.


A frolick; a fit of wanton gayety. Johnson.

FRISK, v.i. [Dan. frisk, fresh, new, green, brisk, lively, gay, vigorous; frisker, to freshen, to renew; friskhed, coolness, freshness, briskness; Sw. frisk; G. frisch, fresh, brisk. This is the same word as fresh, but from the Gothic. If it is radically the same as brisk, it is W. brysg, speedy, nimble, from rhys, a rushing. But this is doubtful. In some languages, fresh is written fersc, versch, as if from the root Br. But I think it can not be the Ch. פדכם, to be moved, to tremble.]

  1. To leap; to skip; to spring suddenly one way and the other. The fish fell a frisking in the net. L'Estrange.
  2. To dance, skip and gambol in frolick and gayety. The frisking satyrs on the summits danced. Addison. In vain to frisk or climb he tries. Swift.


A leap or caper. [Not in use.] B. Jonson.


One who leaps or dances in gayety; a wanton; an inconstant or unsettled person. Camden.

FRISK'ET, n. [Fr. frisquette. So named from the velocity or frequency of its motion. See Frisk.]

In printing, the light frame in which a sheet of paper is confined to be laid on the form for impression.