leap·​frog | \ ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce leapfrog (audio) , -ˌfräg\

Definition of leapfrog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a game in which one player bends down and is vaulted over by another player


leapfrogged; leapfrogging

Definition of leapfrog (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to leap or progress in or as if in leapfrog

transitive verb

1 : to go ahead of (each other) in turn specifically : to advance (two military units) by keeping one unit in action while moving the other unit past it to a position farther in front
2 : to evade by or as if by a bypass

Examples of leapfrog in a Sentence


Skipping his last two years of high school, he leapfrogged his classmates and went to college. This year's technologies are leapfrogging last year's designs.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The contractual leapfrog these quarterbacks perform with each and every new deal is tiresome. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Carson Wentz’s Four-Year Contract Extension a Smart, Calculated Risk for Eagles," 7 June 2019 This feels like a higher calling, a profound leapfrog. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Find your leapfrog First of all, Apple didn’t create the first touchscreen, the first smartphone, the first MP3 player or the first personal computer. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Add this to the list of bad ideas: Playing leapfrog with a unicorn. Houston Chronicle, "Jokes on us: June 11," 10 June 2018 The support van leapfrogs the runners, providing rest and camaraderie for team members. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "In a grueling relay, runners carry the burden on behalf of veterans," 10 May 2018 For him, the leapfrog innovation of Silicon Valley is far preferable. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 The Supreme Court’s refusal to let the administration leapfrog appeals courts means that DACA stays for at least a few months and perhaps until well after midterm elections. Washington Post, "AP News Guide: DACA’s future rests with Congress, courts," 26 Feb. 2018 Others got in formation for leapfrog and duck-duck-goose. Pia Catton, New York Times, "Making Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Into Super Bowl’s Dancing M.V.P.s," 5 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Harris has leapfrogged into second place in the Democratic 2020 primary race, according to a number of polls. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris: Donald Trump is a 'predator'," 3 July 2019 Spurs' defeat prevented them from leapfrogging Liverpool in third, and now leaves Mauricio Pochettino's men five points ahead of Chelsea who are in fifth, with two games remaining. SI.com, "Mauricio Pochettino Hugely 'Disappointed' Following Late Defeat to Relegation Threatened West Brom," 6 May 2018 With Eshelman and potentially Wojciechowski starting consecutive days, the Orioles could leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second-most starting pitchers used in baseball with 14. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles shuffle rotation, pushing Dylan Bundy's start back as newcomers enter mix," 1 July 2019 At the age of 32, Djokovic could yet leapfrog both. James Masters, CNN, "Rafael Nadal: Will Spanish star surpass great rival Roger Federer?," 10 June 2019 Huddersfield survived on 37 points, four above Swansea who couldn't produce the miracle needed to survive and leapfrog Southampton on the final day. SI.com, "David Wagner Commends Huddersfield's Staff Following Successful First Premier League Season," 14 May 2018 Huawei has repeatedly stated its objective to overtake Samsung as the world's biggest seller of smartphones after leapfrogging Apple in shipments last year. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Huawei exec says it has to 'wait a little bit longer' to become the world's biggest smartphone brand," 11 June 2019 Manchester United have leapfrogged rivals City in the race to sign Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes after submitting an €80m bid this summer. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Bid for Fernandes, Arsenal Eye Double Deal, Everton in Rabiot Talks & More," 4 June 2019 The former European champions ended their three-match winless run to leapfrog Saint-Etienne into fourth place. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Marseille back to winning ways, Balotelli injured," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of leapfrog


1599, in the meaning defined above


1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of leapfrog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a children's game in which one player bends down so that another player can leap over the back of the first player



English Language Learners Definition of leapfrog (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move ahead of or beyond (someone or something) in a very quick and sudden way


leap·​frog | \ ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce leapfrog (audio) , -ˌfräg\

Kids Definition of leapfrog

: a game in which one player bends down and another player leaps over the first player

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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