\ ˈfri-skē How to pronounce frisky (audio) \
friskier; friskiest

Definition of frisky

: inclined to frisk : playful frisky puppies also : lively a frisky performance

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Other Words from frisky

friskily \ ˈfri-​skə-​lē How to pronounce frisky (audio) \ adverb
friskiness \ ˈfri-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce frisky (audio) \ noun

Examples of frisky in a Sentence

The kids were frisky after all that candy. a frisky kid who keeps the class in stitches with his jokes
Recent Examples on the Web To rambunctiously sing aloud and proud, to answer nature’s frisky call, to amble about in meandering flights of fancy, to revel in the bizarreness of life. Washington Post, "Dear Brood X cicadas: Welcome back to our messed-up world. Here’s what you missed.," 30 Apr. 2021 The city feels frisky for the first time in a while. New York Times, "New York, It’s Time to Shop! (Masks on, Please)," 22 Apr. 2021 Frese, however, did not want her players to see themselves as some frisky work in progress. Childs Walker,, "As Maryland women roll into Sweet 16, they’re evoking memories of 2006 national champions," 26 Mar. 2021 Among the many frisky entries are pictures of anthropomorphized creatures both natural and mythological. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artists sport their chops with prints on the cutting edge," 19 Mar. 2021 Plane travel might be a bit less popular these days, what with a global pandemic still raging across most countries, but that didn’t stop one frisky feline from feeling the need to jet set. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Feral cat boards plane, attacks pilot mid-flight," 3 Mar. 2021 After the frisky Bulls made the game surprisingly competitive deep into the fourth quarter, the Suns’ stars stepped up defensively and iced the game. Brendon Kleen, Forbes, "Despite Top-Ten Status, Defense Still A Work In Progress For Phoenix Suns," 28 Feb. 2021 Those on the evening tour may see some animals getting frisky. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: S.A. students raised animals for show - and it's on," 11 Feb. 2021 From frisky little kittens to floppy-eared pups, there’s no question that pets hold a special place in our hearts. Laura Lajiness, House Beautiful, "6 Ways to Keep Pets Safe At Home This Winter," 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of frisky

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frisky was circa 1500

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7 May 2021

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“Frisky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frisky

: very playful or lively
informal : sexually playful or excited


\ ˈfris-kē How to pronounce frisky (audio) \
friskier; friskiest

Kids Definition of frisky

: playful sense 1, lively frisky kittens

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