It was adopted by the community of computer programmers which grew out of the MIT Tech Model Railroad Club in the 1950s, and allegedly among the oldest existing words in hacker jargon.


frob (plural frobs)

  1. (jargon, MIT) Any small device or object (usually hand-sized) which can be manipulated.
    Hand me that frob there, will you?


frob (third-person singular simple present frobs, present participle frobbing, simple past and past participle frobbed)

  1. (jargon, MIT) To manipulate objects considered to be frobs.
    Hey, frob the switch.

Related termsEdit

  • frobnicate
  • frobnitz


  • frob, in The New Hacker's Dictionary, 1996, by Eric S. Raymond.
  • frob at the Jargon File
  • frobnicate (vt.) at the Jargon File
Last modified on 21 June 2013, at 01:07