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

Verb 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 There was an early botch on a leapfrog that seemed to drag this match down, especially with the crowd being mostly silent for it. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 So, the lack of supply is pushing buyers and renters out, causing a leapfrog effect to smaller cities and towns in Southern Ontario according to Lierman. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Squeaky-clean cyber hygiene can ensure that attackers can't easily slip past or elude other security tools and leapfrog to another device. Ofer Israeli, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The White House knew that without its leadership and facilitation, market forces alone would not meet the challenge of fast and efficient development, commercialization and use of a leapfrog technology—a pandemic-ending vaccine. Michael Mina, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Only about 15 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and social inequalities have let the young rich leapfrog ahead of older, poorer people. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Early episodes of the 10-episode season leapfrog around the country and the show’s general timeline to establish the stakes and sprawling cast of characters. Caroline Framke, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 Keep up this game of reverse leapfrog, and eventually death can’t catch you. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 Unrelenting inflation sent the U.S. economy into a game of leapfrog. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the one place where China can't really leapfrog ahead, because it's just based on experience, is the personnel component. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 The result helped the Oilers, winners of three in a row since making a coaching change last week, leapfrog the Kings in the standings. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 And when companies remove dealers from their platforms, many sellers simply leapfrog to another. New York Times, 19 May 2022 By adopting mobile algorithms, financial institutions can leapfrog straight to the business of generating customer insights from their data. Hossein Rahnama, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Will this digital transformation work eventually help Africa leapfrog the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 5 May 2022 Costa Rica’s better chance to get one of the automatic spots is to leapfrog Mexico, currently third. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 Many countries in the developing world have a chance to leapfrog fossil fuels altogether, heading straight to renewable power, which is cheaper and less polluting. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Being in peak shape and continually adding tools to his skill set such as those nasty uppercuts, are the kinds of traits that could leapfrog Santillan over several other undefeated welterweight contenders to bigger and better things. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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

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