frag [frag]U.S. Army and Marine Corps Slang. WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), fragged, frag·ging. to kill, wound, or assault (especially an unpopular or overzealous superior) with a. noun .
Origin of frag An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shorteningRelated formsfrag·ger, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for fragged frag verb frags, fragging or fragged (tr) US military slang to kill or wound (a fellow soldier or superior officer) deliberately with an explosive device Derived Formsfragging, nounWord Origin for frag C20: short for fragmentation grenade, as used in Vietnam Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for fragged frag v.
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] Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper