frol·​ic | \ ˈfrä-lik How to pronounce frolic (audio) \

Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: full of fun : merry Contrasting the stern anxiety of his present mood with the frolic spirit of the preceding year …— Nathaniel Hawthorne


frolicked; frolicking

Definition of frolic (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to amuse oneself : make merry I didn't choose the school so I could frolic in the quad— Hugh Gallagher
2 : to play and run about happily : romp children frolicking in the park



Definition of frolic (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a playful or mischievous action
2a : an occasion or scene of fun : party

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Other Words from frolic


frolicker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frolic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Frolic is a playful word with a happy history. It traces back to the Dutch word vroolijk ("merry"), which in turn evolved from a Middle Dutch combination of "vro" ("happy") and the adjectival suffix -lijc ("-ly"). "Vro" is related to Old Frisian and Old High German fro, which also means "happy." (It is also a distant relative of Old English "frogga," from which Modern English derived "frog.") When "frolic" first entered English it was used as an adjective meaning "merry" or "full of fun." Today it can also be a noun, as in "an evening of fun and frolic."

Examples of frolic in a Sentence

Adjective the frolic atmosphere that envelops New Orleans during Mardi Gras Verb We watched the seals as they frolicked in the harbor. children frolicking in the yard Noun We went out for a frolic in the sun. an evening of fun and frolic
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After check-in, visitors can leave any carry-ons with the hotel bell staff, and then go frolic in the theme parks. Mark Eades, Orange County Register, "How to get around at Orlando’s theme parks," 21 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The next day’s Washington Post had a picture of four small girls frolicking outdoors with balloons. Washington Post, "At 72 degrees, it was an unusual January Saturday in Washington," 12 Jan. 2020 On his Instagram account, Ranger's 91,500 followers are treated to pictures of him frolicking with his dog friends, cuddling with his humans and playing with toys nearly his size. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "This German Shepherd who will look like a puppy forever is the best thing on Instagram," 26 Nov. 2019 Take a dip in the swimming pool or soak your muscles in the hot tub before frolicking through the manicured gardens. Diane J. Cho,, "Are you Brave Enough to Stay in These Famously Haunted Houses-Turned-Vacation Rentals?," 26 Sep. 2019 The deer first was spotted in town in August 2018, attracting lots of onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of him eating in a meadow, frolicking with his siblings or resting beneath a tree. Carie Canterbury, The Denver Post, "Meet Tilde: Cañon City’s beloved white deer gets a name," 17 June 2019 Got plans for a long, lazy summer frolicking with friends at the beach? Susan Pinker, WSJ, "The Worst Form of Envy? In the Future Tense," 14 June 2019 Housed in a replica of Waterford Castle in Ireland, the estate offers plenty of land for llamas to frolic. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "ShangriLlama: This Irish castle in the middle of Texas is home to lots of lovable llamas," 23 Jan. 2020 Profile: Goose is eager to frolic around the yard and play toss. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pup of the week wants to play toss," 30 Sep. 2019 Can sci-fi writers be trusted to frolic through boardrooms, forecasting the future without supervision? Rose Eveleth, WIRED, "Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The country doesn’t want rich kids to see their college debts canceled, or to pick up the tab for their four-year frolics on leafy campuses. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Is the Favorite," 6 Feb. 2020 Climb the lighthouse or frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne or at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly John U. Lloyd Beach State Park) in Dania. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry to Florida state and national parks for everyone on Veterans Day," 9 Nov. 2018 The parent, its back golden in the sun, remains frozen in place, while its pup frolics about. National Geographic, "Coyotes have expanded their range to 49 states—and show no signs of stopping.," 29 Nov. 2019 An offside penalty on the initial drive enabled the Ravens to get out of field goal formation and go for a touchdown, which Jackson scored on a frolic around left end. David Ginsburg,, "Bill Belichick at loss of words after Patriots’ 1st loss," 4 Nov. 2019 Some of The Sound of Music‘s most iconic scenes take place in the hills of the Alps, including the opening number with the title song where Andrews, as Maria, frolics through the early morning beauty on the mountainside. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hear Julie Andrews recount a humorous anecdote in audiobook of new memoir Home Work," 14 Oct. 2019 My toddler’s water wings sat on the front porch, awaiting a poolside frolic that would never come. Kara Baskin,, "Our vacation was over before it even began," 3 Sep. 2019 Spencer Morrow, who plays chimneysweep Bert, also uses a harness to amp up his frolics on the rooftops of London. Matthew J. Palm,, "How St. Luke’s puts the magic in ‘Mary Poppins’," 13 Aug. 2019 Burning Man may come to a close tomorrow, but on Day 8, frolic runs rampant. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Burning Man things to do on Day 8, Sept. 1," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of frolic


circa 1548, in the meaning defined above


1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frolic

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Dutch vroolijk, from Middle Dutch vrolijc, from vro happy; akin to Old High German frō happy

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“Frolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play and move about happily



English Language Learners Definition of frolic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an enjoyable time or activity


frol·​ic | \ ˈfrä-lik How to pronounce frolic (audio) \
frolicked; frolicking

Kids Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play about happily : romp The dog frolicked in the snow.



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