Share this entry

frock Syllabification: frock

Definition of frock in English:


1A woman’s or girl’s dress.
Example sentences
  • As for the little girls, they were allowed to wear different coloured frocks and dresses.
  • He had been there from the beginning, since the little girl in the pink frock had raised her scrubby fist and inquired fearfully about the ‘bad people.’
  • The girl in the blue frock led Lia along a corridor leading from the banquet hall, until she found a room near the end of the wing with double doors and gold door handles.
2A loose outer garment, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Tavisome wears only a loose white frock, is obviously quite short, and is completely unarmed.
  • Their frocks or jumpers had deep collars decorated with white tape by 1879.
  • The awful frocks were replaced by suits with shoulders.
2.1A long gown with flowing sleeves worn by monks, priests, or clergy.
Example sentences
  • These two beat up Sancho when he tries to take some friars' frocks as battle spoils.
  • He wears a priest's collar and carries a machine gun under his frock.
  • A round, balding priest hurried down the center aisle, his black frock billowing behind him.
2.2 historical A field laborer’s smock.
2.3 short for frock coat.
3 [in singular] archaic Priestly office: such words as these cost the preacher his frock


[with object] Back to top  
1Provide with or dress in a frock: [as adjective, in combination]: a black-frocked Englishman
1.1 archaic Invest (someone) with priestly office. Compare with defrock.


Late Middle English: from Old French froc, of Germanic origin. The sense 'priest's or monk's gown' is preserved in defrock.

  • This comes from Old French froc, of Germanic origin. The original sense ‘priest's or monk's gown’ is preserved in defrock (late 16th century).

Words that rhyme with frock

ad hoc, amok, Bangkok, baroque, belle époque, bloc, block, bock, brock, chock, chock-a-block, clock, doc, dock, floc, flock, hock, hough, interlock, jock, knock, langue d'oc, lock, Locke, Médoc, mock, nock, o'clock, pock, post hoc, roc, rock, schlock, shock, smock, sock, Spock, stock, wok, yapok

Definition of frock in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive