\ ˈfri-skē \
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 \ adverb
friskiness \ˈfri-skē-nəs \ 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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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 Egalitarian and sincere, Norway’s version of New Nordic cooking is frisky, witty and unpretentious. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "New New Nordic Cuisine Takes Hold in Oslo," 29 May 2018 No wonder that 181 Fremont, in context, seems almost frisky. John King,, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 The friskiest wine in his lineup is the Paul J. Wines 2016 Amador County Zinfandel ($26), which seizes with balance and zest all the juicy raspberry and blackberry notes that the varietal is recognized for giving in the foothills. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Shepherd compresses a tremendous amount of frisky rhythmic energy into only eight minutes of music (not to mention a fair amount of whimsy), and his punchy eruptions of brass and percussion are laced with subtle echoes of early Stravinsky. John Von Rhein,, "Grant Park Music Festival opens with a choral blockbuster under friendly skies," 14 June 2018 Nothing like a hop across the pond to make a romantic date night! Sandra Bullock and Bryan Randall went international — and frisky! — for the London premiere of Ocean’s 8. Ale Russian,, "Frisky Date Night! Sandra Bullock Sports Cat Ears While Cozying with Boyfriend Bryan Randall," 14 June 2018 In this case, of course, the fleshy specimen was not a frisky divorcée looking for a threesome but a diminutive potted cactus. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of frisky

: very playful or lively

: sexually playful or excited


\ ˈfris-kē \
friskier; friskiest

Kids Definition of frisky

: playful sense 1, lively frisky kittens

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