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Froth noun [ Middle English frothe , Icelandic froða ; akin to Danish fraade , Swedish fradga , Anglo-Saxon āfreoðan to froth.]


1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease or nervous excitement.

2. Any empty, senseless show of wit or eloquence; rhetoric without thought. Johnson.

It was a long speech, but all froth .
L'Estrange.

3. Light, unsubstantial matter. Tusser.

Froth insect (Zoology) , the cuckoo spit or frog hopper; -- called also froth spit , froth worm , and froth fly . -- Froth spit . See Cuckoo spit , under Cuckoo.

Froth transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Frothed ; present participle & verbal noun . Frothing .]
1. To cause to foam.

2. To spit, vent, or eject, as froth.

He . . . froths treason at his mouth.
Dryden.

Is your spleen frothed out, or have ye more?
Tennyson.

3. To cover with froth; as, a horse froths his chain.

Froth intransitive verb To throw up or out spume, foam, or bubbles; to foam; as beer froths ; a horse froths .

Frothily adverb In a frothy manner.

Frothiness noun State or quality of being frothy.

Frothing noun Exaggerated declamation; rant.

Frothless adjective Free from froth.

Frothy adjective [ Compar. Frothier ; superl. Frothiest .]
1. Full of foam or froth, or consisting of froth or light bubbles; spumous; foamy.

2. Not firm or solid; soft; unstable. Bacon.

3. Of the nature of froth; light; empty; unsubstantial; as, a frothy speaker or harangue. Tillotson.

Froufrou noun [ French, of imitative origin.] A rustling, esp. the rustling of a woman's dress.

Frounce intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Frounced ; present participle & verbal noun Frouncing .] [ Middle English frouncen , fronsen , to told, wrinkle, Old French froncier , French froncer , perhaps from an assumed Late Latin frontiare to wrinkle the forehead, Latin frons forehead. See Front , and confer Flounce part of a dress.] To gather into or adorn with plaits, as a dress; to form wrinkles in or upon; to curl or frizzle, as the hair.

Not tricked and frounced , as she was wont.
Milton.

Frounce intransitive verb To form wrinkles in the forehead; to manifest displeasure; to frown. [ Obsolete]

The Commons frounced and stormed.
Holland.

Frounce noun
1. A wrinkle, plait, or curl; a flounce; -- also, a frown. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

2. An affection in hawks, in which white spittle gathers about the hawk's bill. Booth.

Frounceless adjective Without frounces. Rom. of R.

Frouzy adjective [ Prov. English frouzy froward, peevish, offensive to the eye or smell; confer froust a musty smell, frouse to rumple, frouze to curl, and English frounce , frowy .] Fetid, musty; rank; disordered and offensive to the smell or sight; slovenly; dingy. See Frowzy . "Petticoats in frouzy heaps." Swift.

Frow noun [ Dutch vrouw ; akin to German frau woman, wife, goth, fráuja master, lord, Anglo-Saxon freá .]
1. A woman; especially, a Dutch or German woman. Beau. & Fl.

2. A dirty woman; a slattern. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Frow noun [ Confer Frower .] A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower.

Frow adjective Brittle. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.

Froward adjective [ Fro + - ward . See Fro , and confer Fromward .] Not willing to yield or compIy with what is required or is reasonable; perverse; disobedient; peevish; as, a froward child.

A froward man soweth strife.
Prov. xvi. 28.

A froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as innovation.
Bacon.

Syn. -- Untoward; wayward; unyielding; ungovernable: refractory; obstinate; petulant; cross; peevish. See Perverse .

-- Fro"ward*ly , adverb -- Fro"ward*ness , noun

Frower noun [ Confer frow a frower, and Prov. E, frommard .] A tool. See 2d Frow . Tusser.

Frowey adjective [ See Frow , adjective ] (Carp.) Working smoothly, or without splitting; -- said of timber.

Frown intransitive verb [ imperfect &, past participle Frowned ; present participle & verbal noun Frowning .] [ Old French froignier , French frogner , in se refrogner , se renfrogner , to knit the brow, to frown; perhaps of Teutonic origin; confer Italian in frigno wrinkled, frowning, Prov. Italian frignare to cringe the face, to make a wry face, dial. Swedish fryna to make a wry face,]
1. To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look.

The frowning wrinkle of her brow.
Shak.

2. To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society frowns upon rudeness.

The sky doth frown and lower upon our army.
Shak.

Frown transitive verb To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence.

Frown noun
1. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stere look; a scowl.

His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.
Prior.

Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
H. Coleridge.

2. Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of Providence; the frowns of Fortune.

Frowningly adverb In a frowning manner.

Frowny adjective Frowning; scowling. [ Obsolete]

Her frowny mother's ragged shoulder.
Sir F. Palgrave.

Frowy adjective [ Confer Frowzy , Frouzy .] Musty. rancid; as, frowy butter. " Frowy feed." Spenser

Frowzy adjective [ See Frouzy .] Slovenly; unkempt; untidy; frouzy. "With head all frowzy ." Spenser.

The frowzy soldiers' wives hanging out clothes.
W. D. Howells.

Froze imperfect of Freeze .

Frozen adjective
1. Congealed with cold; affected by freezing; as, a frozen brook.

They warmed their frozen feet.
Dryden.

2. Subject to frost, or to long and severe cold; chilly; as, the frozen north; the frozen zones.

3. Cold-hearted; unsympathetic; unyielding. [ R.]

Be not ever frozen , coy.
T. Carew.

Frozenness noun A state of being frozen.

Frubish transitive verb [ See Furbish .] To rub up: to furbish. [ Obsolete] Beau. c& Et.

Fructed adjective [ Latin fructus fruit. See Fruit .] (Her.) Bearing fruit; -- said of a tree or plant so represented upon an escutcheon. Cussans.

Fructescence noun [ Latin fructus fruit.] (Botany) The maturing or ripening of fruit. [ R.] Martyn.

Fructiculose adjective Fruitful; full of fruit.

Fructidor noun [ French, from Latin fructus fruit.] The twelfth month of the French republican calendar; -- commencing August 18, and ending September 16. See Vendémiaire .

Fructiferuos adjective [ Latin fructifer ; fructus fruit + ferre to bear; confer French fructifère .] Bearing or producing fruit. Boyle.

Fructification noun [ Latin fructificatio : confer French fructification .]
1. The act of forming or producing fruit; the act of fructifying, or rendering productive of fruit; fecundation.

The prevalent fructification of plants.
Sir T. Brown.

2. (Botany) (a) The collective organs by which a plant produces its fruit, or seeds, or reproductive spores. (b) The process of producing fruit, or seeds, or spores.

Fructify (frŭk"tĭ*fī) intransitive verb [ French fructifier , Latin fructificare ; fructus fruit + -ficare (only in comp.), akin to Latin facere to make. See Fruit , and Fact .] To bear fruit. "Causeth the earth to fructify ." Beveridge.

Fructify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Fructified ; present participle & verbal noun Fructifying .] To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize; as, to fructify the earth.

Fructose (frŭk*tōs" or frŭk"tōs) noun [ Latin fructus fruit.] (Chemistry) Fruit sugar; levulose. [ R.]

Fructuary (frŭk"tu*a*rȳ) noun ; plural Fructuaries (- rĭz). [ Latin fructuarius .] One who enjoys the profits, income, or increase of anything.

Kings are not proprietors nor fructuaries .
Prynne.

Fructuation (-ā"shŭn) noun Produce; fruit. [ R.]

Fructuous adjective [ Latin fructuosus : cf, French fructueux .] Fruitful; productive; profitable. [ Obsolete]

Nothing fructuous or profitable.
Chaucer.

-- Fruc"tu*ous*ly , adverb -- Fruc"tu*ous*ness , noun [ Obsolete]

Fructure noun [ Latin frui , past participle fructus , to enjoy. See Fruit , noun ] Use; fruition; enjoyment. [ Obsolete] Cotgrave.

Frue vanner [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Mining) A moving, inclined, endless apron on which ore is concentrated by a current of water; a kind of buddle.

Frugal adjective [ Latin frugalis , from frugi , lit., for fruit ; hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of frux , frugis , fruit, akin to English fruit : confer French frugal . See Fruit , noun ]
1. Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; sparing; economical; saving; as, a frugal housekeeper; frugal of time.

I oft admire
How Nature, wise and frugal , could commit
Such disproportions.
Milton.

2. Obtained by, or appropriate to, economy; as, a frugal fortune. " Frugal fare." Dryden.

Frugality noun ; plural Frugalities . [ Latin frugalitas : confer French frugalité .]
1. The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; that careful management of anything valuable which expends nothing unnecessarily, and applies what is used to a profitable purpose; thrift; --- opposed to extravagance .

Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have
limits.
Burke.

2. A sparing use; sparingness; as, frugality of praise.

Syn. -- Economy; parsimony. See Economy .

Frugally adverb Thriftily; prudently.

Frugalness noun Quality of being frugal; frugality.

Frugiferous adjective [ Latin frugifer ; frux , frugis , fruit + ferre to bear: confer French frugifere .] Producing fruit; fruitful; fructiferous. Dr. H. More.