frisk

verb
\ ˈfrisk How to pronounce frisk (audio) \
frisked; frisking; frisks

Definition of frisk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to search (a person) for something (such as a concealed weapon) by running the hand rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets

intransitive verb

: to leap, skip, or dance in a lively or playful way : gambol

frisk

noun

Definition of frisk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of frisking
2a : gambol, romp
b : diversion
c archaic : caper entry 1 sense 3

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Other Words from frisk

Verb

frisker noun

Synonyms for frisk

Synonyms: Verb

caper, cavort, disport, frolic, gambol, lark, rollick, romp, sport

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, revel, rollick, romp, spree

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Examples of frisk in a Sentence

Verb

carefree kids laughing and frisking about in their backyard

Noun

fondly remembers the summer before he started college as one long frisk

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The agents frisked Cruz and other workers and handcuffed and questioned them. Maura Dolan, latimes.com, "U.S. appeals court cancels deportation of immigrant detained in Van Nuys factory raid," 13 June 2019 In an interview, Baker said the most egregious violations by police were frisking and cuffing Lea without probable cause and extending the search to get a drug-sniffing dog to the scene, which the Supreme Court has held is unconstitutional. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Black teen handcuffed after wide turn sues LMPD for eyeing him as 'perfect target'," 12 June 2019 Police then retook the complex, stopping and frisking the young protesters who remained nearby. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong police forcibly clear thousands of protesters occupying legislature complex," 1 July 2019 The law also requires D.C. police to collect a wide range of data when officers stop and frisk people or conduct stops, including the person’s race, ethnicity and gender and duration of the stop. Washington Post, "Court orders D.C. officers to start collecting mandated racial data in police stops," 27 June 2019 The ministry accused Turkey of subjecting Naeh to a particularly severe security screening at the airport in Istanbul and inviting local Turkish media to capture the humiliation of him being frisked and forced to remove his shoes and jacket. Washington Post, "Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence," 16 May 2018 The ministry accused Turkey of subjecting Naeh to a particularly severe security screening at the airport in Istanbul and inviting local Turkish media to capture the humiliation of him being frisked and forced to remove his shoes and jacket. Washington Post, "Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence," 16 May 2018 The ministry accused Turkey of subjecting Naeh to a particularly severe security screening at the airport in Istanbul and inviting local Turkish media to capture the humiliation of him being frisked and forced to remove his shoes and jacket. Washington Post, "Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence," 16 May 2018 The elevator opens and more cops come out, approaching Johnson and frisking him. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "4 Arizona Officers on Paid Leave After Video Shows Them Brutally Pummeling Man Who Was on His Cellphone," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Biden tried to turn the tables on Booker, taking aim at him for the Newark Police Department embracing stop-and-frisk policies when Booker was mayor. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "5 things we learned from the Detroit Democratic debates," 1 Aug. 2019 Don Wilson, who asked that aldermen discuss stop and frisk policies by police. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Black residents in Evanston subjected to more stop-and-frisk encounters than any other group, police chief says," 27 Mar. 2018 And when the stops lead to frisks, a weapon is recovered only 1 percent of the time. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Philly is the epicenter for racial discussion in America. Let's be honest about who we are | Solomon Jones," 24 Apr. 2018 Support the End Racial Profiling Act to help ensure that race and ethnicity play no role in an officer’s decision of who to stop, interview, frisk, search, and arrest. Christie Marchese, refinery29.com, "When They See Us: What You Can Do About Mass Incarceration," 5 July 2019 New York City had a very strong program of stop-and-frisk. Tim Perry, CBS News, "Julián Castro unveils police reform plan," 3 June 2019 President Donald Trump in a speech Monday criticized a separate 2015 agreement between Chicago and the ACLU curbing stop-and-frisk procedures by police. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration opposes Chicago police reform plan," 9 Oct. 2018 There continue to be significant racial disparities in stop and frisks, and the police have a long history of monitoring African-American activists that reaches from the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "Can 30,000 Cameras Help Solve Chicago’s Crime Problem?," 26 May 2018 While talking about issues like stop and frisk and the school-to-prison pipeline, Kanye asked Trump to grant clemency to Larry Hoover — the founder and leader of the Gangster Disciples, one of Chicago’s most notorious street gangs. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West's Meeting With Donald Trump in 6 of Its Strangest Moments," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of frisk

Verb

1519, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 2c

History and Etymology for frisk

Verb

obsolete frisk lively

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frisk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frisk

: to pass your hands over (someone) to search for something that may be hidden in clothing

frisk

verb
\ ˈfrisk How to pronounce frisk (audio) \
frisked; frisking

Kids Definition of frisk

1 : to move around in a lively or playful way
2 : to search a person quickly for something that may be hidden

Legal Definition of frisk

: to run the hand rapidly over the outer clothing of (a suspect) for the purpose of finding concealed weapons — compare search

Note: The purpose of frisking a suspect is to insure the safety of an officer making an investigation against concealed weapons, not to uncover evidence. The officer must be justified in his or her encounter of the suspect and must have a reasonable suspicion that the suspect is armed. The scope of the frisk must be limited to the discovery of weapons.

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