frolic

adjective
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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for frolic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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: Verb Like much of the Portland area, the Oregon Zoo was shut down over the long Presidents Day weekend due to snow and ice, leaving resident animals to frolic in the winter weather on their own. oregonlive, "Oregon Zoo reopens Friday, expands hours and days," 18 Feb. 2021 Despite being one of the strongest swimmers, the Dog took its time to frolic, play, and take a bath in the river, arriving in eleventh place. Frances Lee, Woman's Day, "The Chinese Zodiac Signs Have a Beautiful Backstory," 11 Feb. 2021 That didn’t stop some drivers from pulling over to frolic in the foreign whiteness. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "‘A little wetter and a little colder’: Next storm due Monday, with more to follow," 24 Jan. 2021 Porcelain polar bears can frolic with penguins, while papier maché Arctic foxes and wolves complete the glistening winter wonderland. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "The many faces of winter: Yenke Peddler antiques," 31 Dec. 2020 Dogs will be dressed up as celebrity look-alikes and viewers can watch as the dogs frolic and play games with special New Year’s Eve toys. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen to ring in New Year on CNN with party animals at Big Dog Ranch Rescue," 31 Dec. 2020 Across town, at Woodlawn Lake Park, Aixa Cosme enjoyed watching her 3½-year-old granddaughter, Jelianix Nikole Hernandez, frolic on the playground, which until Monday had been encircled by orange, keep-out netting. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "‘She’s been desperate to come here’: A child enjoys a playground closed for months by the coronavirus in San Antonio," 23 Sep. 2020 On a National Marine Sanctuary System tour, restore coral reefs in the Florida Keys, explore shipwrecks in Lake Huron and frolic with a sea lion in the Channel Islands. Washington Post, "How the scuba community is navigating the pandemic’s uncharted waters," 17 July 2020 The playful furballs roll down hills, juggle pebbles, wrestle, frolic in the water and even build themselves slides along the banks of rivers. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "River otters can be seen in Houston-region waterways," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "The Refreshing Transactionalism of the KFC-Lifetime Movie," 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, "What to watch this weekend: 10 picks including Oprah, Whoopi and Celine," 25 Nov. 2020 Animaniacs was always a deliberately self-aware show that existed to break the fourth wall and frolic in a meta-referential field. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "The Animaniacs reboot, reviewed: Zany is harder to pull off in 2020," 23 Nov. 2020 Seeking and witnessing the comet was an intentional, joyous frolic. Peter M. Leschak, Star Tribune, "Comets may be heralds of hard times, but also of revival," 31 July 2020 For many years, the infield has been a stage for fun, frolic and, not incidentally, drunken shenanigans. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Noose at Talladega overshadows NASCAR effort to move beyond Confederate flag and turn toward inclusion, racial justice," 23 June 2020 But all that mass does compromise its back-road frolic factor. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Marries Performance and Efficiency," 2 June 2020 The cats are coveted — by late-night hosts looking for an attention-grabbing frolic, by Hollywood film and television productions, by regular folks willing to pay a few hundred bucks for a bit of petting and private playtime. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The Alternate Aesthetic Realities of ‘Tiger King’," 2 Apr. 2020 No one knows when or where the elephant photos came from, but the drunken frolic during pandemic shutdown has been debunked by Chinese media. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020

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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, Verb, and Noun

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

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“Frolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frolic. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for frolic

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 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.

frolic

noun

Kids Definition of frolic (Entry 2 of 2)

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