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
b : fun, merriment

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 the 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 in the early-mid 16th century, it was used as an adjective meaning "merry" or "full of fun." The verb came into use by the end of that century, followed a few decades later by a noun use, 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In another film, this one in dreamy color, Marisol and several artist friends, including Robert Indiana and John Giorno, frolic around a summer home in Connecticut, a rare, tender glimpse into their otherwise city-slick lives. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 14 Apr. 2022 This season, the French illustrator Ugo Bienvenu (who has collaborated with Hermès on several occasions) designed a scarf depicting a beachside promenade, where bathers gather in the surf and frolic on an enormous chessboard. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 These hot springs and baths offered people of Victorian sensibilities a chance to frolic in the water in the name of good health. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Creighton, 5-0 in the Big East coming in, is presumably one of the better conference opponents, and it’s beginning to look like this won’t be the annual unbeaten frolic through the conference season for UConn. Dom Amore,, 9 Jan. 2022 Mussels, anemones and brittle stars coat the platform’s thick steel pilings, sea lions frolic between its beams and tens of thousands of fish dart between its supports. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Whales frolic in the cobalt waters, while seabirds flit in the salt winds overhead. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said anyone who cares for the animals should avoid tours to frolic alongside them. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2021 On hikes, her 4-year-old son, Aurick, watches squirrels frolic and listens to birds sing. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These are some of many different faces and aspects of the festival, beyond the frolic and fun that the Utah version has modified and packaged to cater to a less diverse audience. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 After the show, children can make their own puppets and enjoy a Holi frolic. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Monsters in those games bathe, eat, sleep, hunt and frolic in their habitats. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 Few things are sweeter than a trip on which Black history and culture intertwine with fun and frolic. Essence, 20 July 2021 Johnson’s unctuous frolic, demeaning a woman with more artistic talent in her pinky than in his whole body, has everything to do with misogyny. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 But those who come to body surf, float on inner tubes and frolic in the water as 3-foot waves toss them to and fro probably won't need the extra warmth this weekend. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Bunny exclaims, like a murderous Mrs. Bennet) and also from telenovelas, and Get Out, and Clue, and Wedding Crashers, and just about any pun-happy holiday frolic that is aired on basic cable at this time of year. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2020 Puppets from Bob Baker Marionette Theater frolic in this family-friendly variety show streaming as a pay-per-view offering on Pasadena Playhouse’s PlayhouseLive platform. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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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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