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[frag] /fræg/ U.S. Army and Marine Corps Slang.
verb (used with object), fragged, fragging.
to kill, wound, or assault (especially an unpopular or overzealous superior) with a fragmentation grenade.
1965-70, Americanism; by shortening
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fragger, noun Unabridged
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  • A fragging victim could also be killed by intentional friendly fire during combat.
British Dictionary definitions for fragging


verb frags, fragging, fragged
(transitive) (US, military, slang) to kill or wound (a fellow soldier or superior officer) deliberately with an explosive device
Derived Forms
fragging, noun
Word Origin
C20: short for fragmentation grenade, as used in Vietnam
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Word Origin and History for fragging



by 1970, U.S. military slang, from slang noun shortening of fragmentation grenade (1918). Related: Fragged; fragging.

Fragging is a macabre ritual of Vietnam in which American enlisted men attempt to murder their superiors. The word comes from the nickname for hand grenades, a weapon popular with enlisted men because the evidence is destroyed with the consummation of the crime. ["Saturday Review," Jan. 8, 1972]

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Slang definitions & phrases for fragging


  1. To kill or wound someone, esp a detested officer of one's own unit, typically by throwing a fragmentation grenade at him
  2. To kill; ice, waste: If I hadn't've done it, he would've fragged me (Vietnam War armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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