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frolic

play
adjective frol·ic \ ˈfrä-lik \

Definition of frolic

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

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Examples of frolic in a Sentence

  1. the frolic atmosphere that envelops New Orleans during Mardi Gras

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Origin and Etymology of frolic

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


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frolic

verb

Definition of frolic

frolicked; frolicking
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

frolicker

noun

Examples of frolic in a Sentence

  1. We watched the seals as they frolicked in the harbor.

  2. children frolicking in the yard

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Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of frolic

frolic Synonyms

Synonyms
caper, cavort, disport, frisk, gambol, lark, rollick, romp, sport, cut capers, kick up one's heels
Related Words
bound, hop, leap, lope, skip, spring, trip, tumble; curvet, dance, prance; carouse, revel, roister; carry on, fool around, horse around; clown, cut up; joyride, roughhouse, skylark; kite
Near Antonyms
mope, pout, stew, sulk

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frolic

noun

Definition of frolic

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

Examples of frolic in a Sentence

  1. We went out for a frolic in the sun.

  2. an evening of fun and frolic

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Origin and Etymology of frolic


FROLIC Defined for English Language Learners

frolic

verb

Definition of frolic for English Language Learners

  • : to play and move about happily


frolic

noun

Definition of frolic for English Language Learners

  • : an enjoyable time or activity


FROLIC Defined for Kids

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frolic

play
verb frol·ic \ ˈfrä-lik \

Definition of frolic for Students

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

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frolic

noun

Definition of frolic for Students

:1fun 1


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