trademark respelling of frisbie, from the Frisbie Pie Company of
Bridgeport, Connecticut; throwable metal pie tins such as those
produced by the company are alleged to have been the inspiration
for the plastic disk.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.
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World English Dictionary
|trademark a light plastic disc, usually 20–25 centimetres
in diameter, thrown with a spinning motion for recreation
or in competition
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Word Origin & History
1957, trademark registered 1959 by Wham-O Co., the prototype
modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie’s Pies, made by the Frisbie
Bakery of Bridgeport, Ct., U.S. Middlebury College students began
tossing them around in the 1930s (though Yale and Princeton also
claim to have discovered their aerodynamic qualities).
“Thirteen years ago the Wham-O Manufacturing Company of San
Gabriel, Calif., … brought out the first Frisbee. Wham-O purchased
the rights from a Los Angeles building inspector named Fred Morrison,
who in turn had been inspired by the airworthy pie tins of the Frisbie
Bakery in Bridgeport, Conn. (which went out of business in March of 1958).
He changed the spelling to avoid legal problems.”
[“Sports Illustrated,” Aug. 3, 1970]
The family name is attested in English records from 1226, from a
place name in Leicestershire (Frisby on the Wreak ), attested from
1086, from O.Dan., meaning “farmstead or village of the Frisians.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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