frango m (plural frangos)

  1. a young chicken






  1. first-person singular present indicative of frangere




From Proto-Italic *frangō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreg- (to break).



frangō (present infinitive frangere, perfect active frēgī, supine frāctum); third conjugation

  1. (literally) I break, shatter
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Lucas.9.16:
      Acceptis autem quinque panibus et duobus piscibus, respexit in caelum et benedixit illis, et fregit et distribuit discipulis suis, ut ponerent ante turbas.
      Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and broke them and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
  2. (figuratively) I break, shatter (a promise, a treaty, someone's ideas (dreams, projects), someone's spirit)
  3. (figuratively) I break up into pieces (a war from too many battles, a nation)
  4. (figuratively) I reduce, weaken (one's desires, a nation)


   Conjugation of frangō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present frangō frangis frangit frangimus frangitis frangunt
imperfect frangēbam frangēbās frangēbat frangēbāmus frangēbātis frangēbant
future frangam frangēs franget frangēmus frangētis frangent
perfect frēgī frēgistī frēgit frēgimus frēgistis frēgērunt, frēgēre
pluperfect frēgeram frēgerās frēgerat frēgerāmus frēgerātis frēgerant
future perfect frēgerō frēgeris frēgerit frēgerimus frēgeritis frēgerint
passive present frangor frangeris, frangere frangitur frangimur frangiminī franguntur
imperfect frangēbar frangēbāris, frangēbāre frangēbātur frangēbāmur frangēbāminī frangēbantur
future frangar frangēris, frangēre frangētur frangēmur frangēminī frangentur
perfect frāctus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect frāctus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect frāctus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present frangam frangās frangat frangāmus frangātis frangant
imperfect frangerem frangerēs frangeret frangerēmus frangerētis frangerent
perfect frēgerim frēgerīs frēgerit frēgerīmus frēgerītis frēgerint
pluperfect frēgissem frēgissēs frēgisset frēgissēmus frēgissētis frēgissent
passive present frangar frangāris, frangāre frangātur frangāmur frangāminī frangantur
imperfect frangerer frangerēris, frangerēre frangerētur frangerēmur frangerēminī frangerentur
perfect frāctus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect frāctus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present frange frangite
future frangitō frangitō frangitōte franguntō
passive present frangere frangiminī
future frangitor frangitor franguntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives frangere frēgisse frāctūrum esse frangī frāctum esse frāctum īrī
participles frangēns frāctūrus frāctus frangendus, frangundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
frangendī frangendō frangendum frangendō frāctum frāctū

Derived termsEdit



  • frango in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • frango in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • frango in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the heat is abating: calor se frangit (opp. increscit)
    • to break a person's neck: cervices (in Cic. only in plur.) frangere alicui or alicuius
    • their spirits are broken: animus frangitur, affligitur, percellitur, debilitatur
    • to inspire the spiritless and prostrate with new vigour: excitare animum iacentem et afflictum (opp. frangere animum)
    • to break one's word: fidem laedere, violare, frangere
    • to break one's word: fidem frangere
    • to break the peace: pacem dirimere, frangere
    • to violate a treaty, terms of alliance: foedus frangere, rumpere, violare
    • (ambiguous) to be completely prostrated by fear: metu fractum et debilitatum, perculsum esse
  • frango in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray



From earlier frângão, of unknown origin. Possibly originates from the importation of fowl to Brazil from Europe, namely France in this case. Compare the etymology of peru (turkey).


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɾɐ̃.ɡu/, [ˈfɾɐ̃.ɡu]


frango m (plural frangos)

  1. a young chicken
  2. (cooking) chicken meat
    De carne ou de frango?
    Beef or chicken?
  3. (figuratively, slang) a frightened and weak person, especially a man
  4. (soccer) a goal resulting from a shameful mistake by the goalkeeper, especially when the ball passes between his legs
    1. the goalkeeper who makes this mistake

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