ASL University ►

American Sign Language: "refrigerator"

Spell:  R-E-F

REFRIGERATOR (recommended version)

Sample sentence: "Is your refrigerator full?"


Some people are likely to say that the initialized version of refrigerator (below) is not an ASL sign--that it is "signed English."
I think if you've interviewed enough "Deaf Native ASL" signers (as I have) you will become convinced that every one of them recognizes this sign in context, and many use it as their preferred sign for "refrigerator." Just because a sign has an "English" letter in it doesn't mean it is "signed English."  But many teachers are inflexible about it, so do it their way until you get your grade.  To do this version of the sign refrigerator you simply form "R" hands and then do a slight shaking ("shivering") motion of the forearms. It is an initialized version of the sign "COLD."

Another way to sign this is to use an initialized version of the sign for "door." Use "R" hands instead of "flat hands."


You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars

Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy DONATE (Thanks!)
(You don't need a PayPal account. Just look for the credit card logos and click continue.)

Another way to help is to buy something from the ASLU "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)   CHECK IT OUT >

Bandwidth slow?  Check out "" (a free mirror of less traffic, fast access)   VISIT >


back.gif (1674 bytes)

American Sign Language University ASL resources by Dr. William Vicars