frog·​man ˈfrȯg-ˌman How to pronounce frogman (audio)
: a person equipped (as with face mask, flippers, and air supply) for extended periods of underwater swimming
especially : a person so equipped for military reconnaissance and demolition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For the first three landings, no sooner had the crewmen opened their hatch after splashdown than frogmen handed them biohazard suits to wear for their trip back to the Naval recovery ship. Time, 2 Mar. 2020 The frogman resurfaced in 2016, more than 40 years after the last sighting. Scott Wartman,, 11 Feb. 2020 Hatleberg was one of four frogmen on the recovery team who jumped into the ocean from a helicopter. Washington Post, 15 July 2019 The rumored perpetrators included agents of the K.G.B. or M.I.6, or a team of frogmen from the Mossad. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2019 Helicopters from the Hornet, the lead recovery ship, brought frogmen to the scene. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 July 2019 In one leg of the escape, the cocoons were placed on floating stretchers, and Thai frogmen pushed them along. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, 12 July 2018 But the Thai frogmen were accustomed to tropical open water, not the gloomy, cold currents racing through the cave. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, 12 July 2018 The determination and dedication of Saman will always be in all of our frogmen hearts. Washington Post, 6 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frogman was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Frogman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


frog·​man -ˌman How to pronounce frogman (audio)
: a swimmer equipped to work underwater for long periods of time

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