A Frat Boy is a member of a fraternity in a university or college. A fraternity is a social organization of male students who share the same interest and purpose. Usually different fraternities are identified with Greek letters.
A “Frat Boy” is not the biggest compliment one can receive. “Frat Boys” think so much about themselves simply because they are part of a fraternity.
Their conduct is typified by drinking, throwing parties and making fun of anyone who isn’t a member in their brotherhood.
Origin of the term
While the etymology of the word can not be accurately identified, its emergence is estimated to be around the 90s to the early 2000s.
However, fraternities have been around way longer than that, especially in American colleges and universities.
College and university fraternities in the United States date back to the 1770s, but were not completely accepted as established traditions until the 1820s.
The oldest, known and active fraternity is the Kappa Alpha Society, which was founded in 1825 at Union College.
Spread of the term
Throughout the years, the term “Frat Boy” gained a lot of recognition and popularity. On the famous video-sharing platform Youtube, there are many comedy sketches, music videos featuring “Frat Boys” and jokes about them.
For instance, the video titled When Frat Guys Come Home For The Summer, which since June 2019 has gained over 6,000,000 views.
On Urban Dictionary it earned its first entry in January 2004, submitted by the user dread grey.
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