frolic

adjective
frol·ic | \ ˈfrä-lik \

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

frolic

verb
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

frolic

noun

Definition of frolic (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a playful or mischievous action

2a : an occasion or scene of fun : party

b : fun, merriment

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Other words from frolic

Verb

frolicker noun

Did You Know?

Verb

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

And no Swift enthusiast could forget the summer of 2016, when the singer and her then-beau Tom Hiddleston frolicked in the waves alongside Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, and Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. Hayley Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, "Taylor Swift’s tour rolls into Gillette soon. Will she visit her $18m R.I. manse?," 6 July 2018 Subaru wagged the tail of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show with the launch of the 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV, presented by a family of frolicking golden retrievers on the eve of the press preview, November 28, 2017. Cherise Threewitt, chicagotribune.com, "Going camping? The best vehicles for 'glamping' include pickups, vans," 14 Mar. 2018 The couple — who dated secretly for months before their relationship became public last May — were photographed frolicking in the ocean together while on vacation in Turks and Caicos. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Frolics in the Ocean with Boyfriend Joe Alwyn While on Vacation in Turks and Caicos," 5 July 2018 There were always surprises: a particularly stunning sunset, a vivid meteor shower, orcas breaching in the distance, pods of frolicking dolphins, and porpoises surfing our bow wave. New York Times, "Sailing Into Today on a Boat From Our Past," 26 Jan. 2018 The band rocked out, as kids frolicked and adult reenacted their favorite moves of hair bands from the 80s. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Summer Concert Rocks On," 11 July 2018 The two experimental broadband satellites—dubbed TinTin A and B—launched in February, and SpaceX aims to start with 800 satellites as early as 2020 or 2021. Don’t go dreaming of frolicking through SpaceX’s new rocket garden just yet. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "The Air Force Is Already Betting on SpaceX's Brand-New Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 About 5 percent of attacks last year were on people frolicking in shallow water. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: 53 shark attacks in U.S. waters," 30 June 2018 The children, seemingly unattended, are shown frolicking in the room and playing before one of the boys walks over to the statue and appears to attempt to lift it off its platform. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Toddler Breaks $132,000 Statue at Community Center — Now the Family Is Receiving Death Threats," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 1930 movie adaptation starring the divine Ina Claire refined the formula, dropping Fanny’s untalented brother and sister-in-law, Bert and Kitty, and drawing out the melancholy beneath the frolic. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song," 5 July 2018 Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 She was joined by her 9-year-old daughter and her friend Nellie Draganic, who happily traipsed through the fields as Pell documented the frolics. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 Mona, her brothers, sister and mother have cookouts, listen to music and frolic in the park with their kids like other Britons. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "‘Next of Kin’: So well-acted...if only it didn't fall into the good Muslims in terrorism trap," 22 June 2018 Dog owners favor the open field for a good frolic with Fido. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Mary/Heathrow Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 This fund-raising frolic, which will be held rain or shine, invites families to eat, explore the grounds and play old-fashioned outdoor games, including hoop rolling, ring toss and graces (tossing a hoop back and forth, using sticks). Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 The deer itself avoided shock, despite a brief frolic on the Crystal City tracks Tuesday. Fox News, "Frankly deer, the Metro station is no place for gallivanting," 12 June 2018 Framing such frolics down memory lane are the embittered recollections of the older, present-day John Marcher, fiercely played by Peter Friedman. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Dirty Dancing to Henry James in ‘The Beast in the Jungle’," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of frolic

Adjective

circa 1548, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frolic

Adjective

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

Verb

see frolic entry 1

Noun

see frolic entry 1

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The first known use of frolic was circa 1548

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frolic

verb

English Language Learners Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play and move about happily

frolic

noun

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

: an enjoyable time or activity

frolic

verb
frol·ic | \ ˈfrä-lik \
frolicked; frolicking

Kids Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

frolic

noun

Kids Definition of frolic (Entry 2 of 2)

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