leap·frog | \ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg, -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

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 ICOs resemble both a new form of crowdfunding, and a technological leapfrog over the regulations that hem in more orthodox funding strategies. The Economist, "Manias, panics and Initial Coin Offerings," 7 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Overall, Oregon's class ranks No. 4 nationally, behind Duke, Kentucky and UCLA, but would leapfrog both the Bruins and Wildcats if the Ducks were to secure the pledge of Williams. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "ESPN final rankings: Future Oregon Ducks Bol Bol, Louis King make nation's top 11," 17 Apr. 2018 The Supreme Court in February denied the administration's unusual request to leapfrog appeals courts and take on Alsup's injunction, ensuring that DACA would stay in effect for the time being. Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Judge deals setback to Trump on 'Dreamers' program," 25 Apr. 2018 The Danes could also leapfrog France into the top spot by beating France which would drastically alter the nations potential route to the final. SI.com, "Denmark 0-0 France: Les Bleus Play Out World Cup's First Goalless Draw in Dire Denmark Tie," 26 June 2018 If there were questions about why Loaisiga, who had made only six starts for Class AA Trenton, leapfrogged other prospects — including the left-hander Justus Sheffield — they have largely been answered. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 The teams could meet again this October, if the Dodgers can leapfrog Arizona in the NL West and the Cubs can do the same to Milwaukee in the NL Central. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 The trend of rising US output prompted Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, to predict this spring that the US would leapfrog Russia and become the world's largest producer by next year – if not sooner. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 12 July 2018 Wall Street Journal Game of Leapfrog Facebook CEO Mark Zuckergerg is on the brink of leapfrogging Warren Buffett to become the world’s third-richest person. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent, Trump Border Order, Jacinda Ardern Baby: CEO Daily for June 21, 2018," 21 June 2018 In early primary returns, Rouda was narrowly ahead of Keirstead, but Keirstead leapfrogged him and led for most of the past two weeks. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Rouda inches ahead of fellow Democrat Keirstead in race to face Rohrabacher for congressional seat; votes are still being counted," 20 June 2018

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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, -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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