Green’s Dictionary of Slang

frig v.

[Lat. fricare, to rub; note 18C SE frication, rubbing, in sexual context masturbating a partner]

1. to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]Skelton Why Come Ye Nat to Courte? line 224: He foynes and he frygges; Spareth neither mayde ne wyfe.
[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Frottare [...] Also to rub or claw or frig.
[UK] ‘Why Do You Trifle?’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 8: No child is fonder of the Gig / Than I to dance a merry jig; / Faine would I try how I could (frig) / Up and downe, up and downe, up and downe.
[UK]J. Taylor ‘Praise of cleane Linnen’ Works II 170: Captaine named Catso, descended from the Royall house of Frigus the first King of the Fridgians.
[UK]R. Fletcher (trans.) Martiall his Epigrams XI No. 82 108: An Eunuch and an old man strove to lye With Aegle, but twixt both she still lay dry, One wanted meanes the other strength to frig, So either’s labor itch’d without a Iig.
[UK]F. Fane ‘Iter Occidentale’ Harleian Mss. 7319.20: Enrag’d he then with double Fist do’s F--gg her.
[UK] ‘Session of Ladies’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 209: His prick to a courtesan never yet stood, / Who is fucked by her black and frigged by her valet.
[UK]Ladies Complaint in Lansdowne Ms. 852.279: In Closet shut Close [...] He’s fr-ing his Pages or Picking his Nose.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 124: O! how they do frig it, / Jump it and Jigg it, / Under the Green-wood Tree.
[UK]‘The Wager’ in Flash Minstrel! in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) I 98: D—n it , marm, you’ve frigg’d me out of my five bob!
[UK] ‘A Parody’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 111: He must follow up the fashion, / And frig me night and day.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 60: There was a strong man of Drumrig / Who one day did seven times frig. / He buggered three sailors, / Four Jews and two tailors, / And ended by fucking a pig.
[UK] ‘La Rose d’Amour’ in Pearl 14 Aug. 10: Fourteen times did those men frig the women under them, changing women every now and then.
[UK]Crissie 76: Friggaballerini — ‘Old Frigemall’ [...] as the Pandora girls call him.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 131: ‘How did it sound to you, Sergeant Evans?’ ‘If you ask me, Sir, [...] like a pack of skeletons frigging on a tin roof.’.
[US] in P. Smith Letter from My Father (1978) 418: She let me ‘frig’ her in her ass hole.
[US]W.L. Gresham Nightmare Alley (1947) 228: The dame and the old guy can be together for ever, frigging like rabbits.
[UK]P. Terson Night to Make the Angels Weep (1967) II xvi: You see a lawyer, mate, and the governor will have you for trespassin’, loitering, and frigging, frigging, wife-not-satisfying ...
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar.
[Aus]P. Carey Tax Inspector (1992) 44: He turned and walked [...] wiggling his butt like a frigging tom cat.
[UK] (con. 1960s) D. Farson Never a Normal Man 330: Was it punishment for coming on him when he was frigging the nanny-goat behind the hedge?

2. to masturbate.

[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Fregare, to rub, to frigle, to frigge, to claw, to fret.
[UK]R. Cotgrave Dict. of Fr. and Eng. Tongues n.p.: Bransler la pique. To frig, to wrigle it.
R. Fletcher Ex Otio 100: Frig not thy self with thy lascivious fist.
[UK] ‘Lampoon’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 21: But now she must travel abroad / And be forced to frig with the nuns.
[UK]Rochester ‘A Ramble in St. James’s Park’ in Works of Rochester (1721) 79: Poor pensive Lover in this Place, / Wou’d frig upon his Mother’s Face.
[UK] ‘Historical Ballad’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 21: Her maidenhead never was gotten by man, She frigg’d it away in the womb of her damm.
[UK] ‘On Several Women about Town’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 33: There was a bouncing widow with a patch on her nose, / Who loves fucking better the older she grows, / And has learned of the Tartar to frig with her toes.
[UK]N. Chorier (trans.) of Meursius ‘The Delights of Venus’ in Cabinet of Love (1739) 189: All Night she thinks on Man, both toils and sweats, / And dreaming frigs, and spends upon the Sheets.
[UK]‘Nickydemus Ninnyhammer’ Homer in a nut-shell 64: Then look’d for Nelly; in a Garret / She found her f-gg-g with a Carrot; / With many a Finger-f-k-g Neighbour,/ All groping, just as at a Labour.
[Scot]Robertson of Struan ‘On Mris. F-----n’ in Poems (1752) 83: So to a House of Office streight / A School-Boy does repair, / To ease his Postern of its Weight, / And fr-- his P---- there.
[UK] ‘Frigging’ in Bold (1979) 90: Other frig when swelling prick dothe rise.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Frig, to be guilty of the crime of self pollution.
[UK]Whore’s Catechism [trans.] 86: When a gentleman wishes to see a girl frig herself with a dildoe.
[UK]E. Sellon New Epicurean 11: I frigged and kissed their fragrant cunnies. I gamahuched them.
[UK]Pearl 3 Sept. 30: There was an Old Man of the Mountain / Who frigged himself into a fountain.
[UK]Sins of the Cities of the Plain 14: He was gently frigging himself as he spoke, and had a glorious stand by the time he had finished.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 139: Foutre en main = to masturbate; ‘to frig’ or ‘finger-fuck’.
[UK]Forbidden Fruit n.p.: She would permit me every familiarity but the one thing. We Frigged, Sucked, and enjoyed every other pleasure.
[UK]‘Ramrod’ Nocturnal Meeting 67: [He] frigged his cock furiously with his fingers.
[US]D. St John Memoirs of Madge Buford 17: In a frenzy of feverish lust, I frigged myself until I fell asleep.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 105: To fuck and to bugger is pain / But it’s not infra dig / On occasion to frig.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 268: There was a young lady named May / Who frigged herself in the hay.
Good Ship Venus in Bold (1979) 100: They started frigging against the rigging / For want of better places.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 689: It would pain you to the heart / To see those bulldogs frig and fart.
[UK]‘Count Palmiro Vicarion’ Limericks 22: But it’s not infra dig / To occasionally frig.
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[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘The Good Ship Venus’ in Snatches and Lays 87: We bashed his cock with a lump of rock, for friggin’ in the riggin’.
[Ire](con. 1940s) S. McAughtry Sinking of the Kenbane Head 103: ‘Away and frig yourself, Corporal,’ I said.

3. to masturbate another person.

[UK] J. Howell in Wardroper (1969) 197: And lest her sire should not thrust alone / She frigged her father in her mother’s womb .
[UK] ‘The Ladies’ March’ in Wilson Court Satires of the Restoration (1976) 57: Mazarin for St. Peter’s glory / Frigs King Charles and fucks with Lory. [Ibid.] ‘Session of Ladies’ 209: His prick to a courtesan never yet stood, / Who is fucked by her black and frigged by her valet.
[UK]‘R. Birch’ ‘Venus School-Mistress’ in Pettit & Spedding 18C British Erotica III (2004) 47: I often whipped her for pleasure, and even frigged her.
[UK]Whore’s Catechism [trans.] 82: Some [clients] are frigged by one woman while another flogs them.
[UK]E. Sellon Phoebe Kissagen 39: What shall we do? said Chloe, shall we frig, or shall we gamahuche?
[UK] ‘Sub-Umbra, or Sport among the She-Noodles’ in Pearl 7 Jan. 4: I actually got possession of her cunny [...] and soon began to frig her gently with my forefinger.
[UK]‘Experiences of a Cunt Philosopher’ in Randiana 24: ’Tis better frigging with one’s toe, Than never to have frigged at all.
[US]‘Bob Sterling’ Town-Bull 16: So excited was our hostess that she spent in the frigging hand of Mrs Virtue.
[Ire]Joyce letter 3 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman Sel. Letters (1975) 183: Did you ever frig him [...] or anyone else?
[US]‘Bill E. Goodhead’ Nubile Treat 🌐 He ass-humped her like a maniac, frigging away at her clit.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 270: I frigged her clit and rammed for ten minutes more.

4. to trifle or fool around (with), to waste time; thus frig about

[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 121: Holo, cry others, don’t stand *****, / But bear a hand, and mend the rigging.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 278: Is it ... rough ... here? he asked, untying his shoelaces and frigging with the buckles on his boots.
[US]S. King Christine 419: You don’t want to frig with me.
[UK](con. WW2) T. Jones Heart of Oak [ebook] Still, I don’t know about the navy. [...] not so much bleeding discipline and frigging about over things that don’t matter a fiddler’s fart, see?

5. to cheat.

[US]Randolph & Pingry ‘Kansas University Sl.’ in AS III:3 219: He frigged me out of the last bottle of Scotch!
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 208: They’ll last about as long as a fart in a whirlwind, and they’ll frig themselves and ever’body else out of a job.
[US]S.J. Perelman letter 16 Mar. in Crowther Don’t Tread on Me (1987) 60: I don’t use a literary agent, but I probably should, because I have been frigged time and again by publishers.

6. a euph. for fuck v. (3); thus excl. frig it! frig you!

[US]W.L. Gresham Nightmare Alley (1947) 20: Frig him, the Bible-spouting bastard.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Tomboy (1952) 161: Frig her [...] She’s just the same as all the rest of them.
[US]H. Ellson Golden Spike 138: Frig it, where’s the water?
[US]‘John Eagle’ Hoodlums (2021) 100: The next thing I know she’s gone. So I figure frig her.
[UK]B. Hill Boss of Britain’s Underworld 21: If you can’t fight you’ll be well frigged. If you don’t know the meaning of the word frigged, then go and ask a sailor.
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 325: Frig it! If the man is going to get me, he’ll get me.
[US]C. Himes Rage in Harlem (1969) 108: If it was up to me, I’d leave him lay, and frig the cops.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 18: Ah, frig it, I’m not going in those houses.
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/5: frigged: Tired, had it.
[US]J. Thompson ‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in Fireworks (1988) 174: Omite the aspirate h which is frigging the frammis.
L. Dawson The Spy Who Came... 97: ‘Lay off the whole Kitler deal, frig it’.
[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 68: Frig the fecker.
[UK](con. 1979–80) A. Wheatle Brixton Rock (2004) 203: I will have a chance to frig him up on the way there.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. 🌐 frig n. polite way of saying ‘fuck’; e.g. ‘Friggin’ ’ell!!’.

7. to perform lesbian sex, where the genitals are rubbed together.

[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 23: Two hoors are having a good licking and frigging session.

In derivatives

friggish (adj.)


[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 123: Now them old broads will come in, in them old friggish teddies, and start doin’ the mess around— / that’s the jive in the landladies con game to tear your bankroll down.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 136: You light up a stick of tea and you both get high, / then you both get friggish and then you pull off every stitch.

In compounds

frig-beard (n.) [SE beard; the image is of the adult, bearded male; but note beard n. (1)]

a degenerate, a seducer.

[UK]Middleton Black Book in Works (2007) 212/2: Pierce was never so penniless as poor Lieutenant Frig-beard. [Ibid.] 215/2: I constitute and ordain Lieutenant Frig-beard, Archpander of England, my sole heir of all such lands, closes, and gaps as lie within the bounds of my gift.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 693: Those who are under Mars, as hangmen [...] shavers, and frig-beards.

In phrases

frig about (v.) (also frig around)

to trifle, to waste time, to fool around.

[Aus]C.H. Thorp Handful of Ausseys 110: ‘How’re things?’ ‘Up to — no blanky bon, diggers; this messing round and friggin’ about with the blanky pack-up.
[US]C. McKay Banjo 241: Don’t think I like frigging round officials. I hate it.
[UK]M. Harrison Spring in Tartarus 213: I’d have lost my soul frigging about in an office.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 97: Time he’d had a go down there, and poked a couple of brushes up, and frigged about a bit, I couldn’t hardly keep me mitts off of him.
[Aus]S.L. Elliott Rusty Bugles I vi: After they frigged me around for so long I got home the day after the funeral.
[US]B. Schulberg On the Waterfront (1964) 15: I worked too hard for what I got to frig around with a cheese-eater.
[UK](con. WWII) G. Morrill Dark Sea Running 11: A ship is full of machinery that can chop you in half if you frig around with it.
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 15: There’s a ruddy tramp frigging about on the lawn! [Ibid.] 30: I feel a bit of a ratbag frigging about like this.
[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 79: After some frigging around with the pressel-switch [...] he spoke to Blue Spot.
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 73: Me sons’ll be out lookin’ for me, they’re all big lads. I’ll tell them y’frigged me about.
[US]R. De Christoforo Grease 174: They know better than to frig around with us.
[Aus]M. Bail Holden’s Performance (1989) 296: Follow me and no frigging about.
[Ire](con. 1945) S. McAughtry Touch and Go 35: Before the war he had frigged me about from arsehole to breakfast time.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 22 Jan. 148/4: I frigged around with matches trying to find something to write with.
[UK](con. 1981) A. Wheatle East of Acre Lane 4: Don’t frig about, Chaks.
frig off (v.)

1. to masturbate, oneself or another.

[Scot]I. Welsh Glue 39: Ah’m [...] wonderin if the dirty cunt that made the name up wis ivir thinkin aboot some bird eh wis friggin oaf.

2. to leave, to go away.

[Aus]S.L. Elliott Rusty Bugles I iv: If I was married to Mac I’d have frigged off long ago.
[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 171: Now I know why me dad frigged off.
frig up

see separate entries.

In exclamations

frig you!

a semi-euph. synon. for fuck you! excl.

I. Wolfert An Act of Love 430: And furthermore, frig you, too, Captain.
[US]G. Metalious Peyton Place (1959) 307: ‘Frig you,’ said Kenny hostilely.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 69: Frig you! Frig you! Frig you!
[US]C. Himes Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 139: ‘Give us the key and we’ll strike off the murder.’ Deke looke up at him as though from a great distance. [...] ‘Frig you,’ he said.
R.O. Blackwood Operant Control of Behavior n.p.: ‘Frig you, Mr. Daddy...’ Rick’s hand lashed out, slapping West squarely across the mouth.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 55: Frig you and your stinking drawers!
H. Hock Forever Green 97: Frig you man, I ain’t callin’ nobody! [...] Frig yer mother too.
P.A. Bramadat Church on the World’s Turf 16: It’s so obvious what you really mean when you say ‘Frig you, man.’ Why don’t you just say it?
go frig yourself!

a general excl. of dismissal.

[US]S. Kingsley Dead End Act III: Ah, go frig!
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