\ 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 friskily (audio) \ adverb
friskiness \ ˈfri-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce friskiness (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

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As the roughneck in love with Harry's frisky daughter, Ben Affleck flexes resolute muscle with his heady performance. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Armageddon': THR's 1998 Review," 1 July 2019 From the moment the frisky 3-year-old hopped from the gate, ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, craziness ensued . David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish," 19 May 2019 Looking a little friskier the last couple weeks. 26. Utah Jazz (19–28) The Jazz look very much like a team relying on a rookie to carry the offensive load. Rohan Nadkarni,, "NBA Power Rankings: Cavs Plummet as Rumors Swirl," 23 Jan. 2018 Sapiosexuality is all about being attracted to intelligence, so if your fantasies include doing a crossword with bae or discussing that day's english class lecture before getting frisky, the label may pertain to you. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Sapiosexuality?," 12 Oct. 2018 Philly fans want a championship repeat, but there are fresh powerhouses (the Los Angeles Rams), some impressive entry-level talent (the Jets start rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 1) and even the Cleveland Browns fans are feeling frisky. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The NFL Is Here, Like It or Not," 6 Sep. 2018 In the meantime, residents are free to enjoy a frisky evening on a park bench. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "Public Sex Has Been Decriminalized in Guadalajara, Mexico, So Police Can Focus on Crime," 23 Aug. 2018 Couples of all genders and orientations get frisky all over L.A. -- a flatbed truck, a glass elevator, on and rooftop -- all the while surveilled by prying cameras and eventually nabbed by police. John Norris, Billboard, "George Michael's 'Outside' and Its Celebration of Cottaging Is Still Bolder Than Most Pop Music 20 Years Later," 29 May 2018 Nearby, a set of frisky porcelain figurines depicts commedia dell’arte characters, all masked. Cate Mcquaid,, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of frisky

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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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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