\ 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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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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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frisky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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