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

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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: 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 This explains instances such as the Dubeys (Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul) frolicking to the Guru Randhawa hit Ban Ja Rani in Tumhari Sulu (2017). Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "The Tamils, Bengalis, Marathis, and Assamese of Bollywood can love only in Punjabi," 6 Sep. 2019 With his wife, Lisa Goldman, the couple re-imagined the festival’s major fundraising format from a staid black-tie dinner into the Big Picnic, a relaxed preconcert family frolic now in its eighth year. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Stern Grove Festival will party on with new Goldman duo at the helm," 21 Aug. 2019 Some streets were so flooded a day earlier that children frolicked in waist-high waters. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "At least 32 people are dead as the Mumbai area gets hit by its heaviest rain in more than a decade," 2 July 2019 The Nets and Clippers have basically a beautiful meadow of cap space, begging for stars and their friends to come frolic in. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Seven Most Intriguing Teams in NBA Free Agency," 25 June 2019 Boaters on the Mobile River have been urged to caution — only because a group of manatees were spotted frolicking nearby. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Here in Alabama, no sign of Trump’s hurricane," 8 Sep. 2019 Nothing captures the essence of the genre better than an outdoor outlet where the music’s natural mystic can frolic freely. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "SUMMERSTAGE SIZZLES CENTRAL PARK WITH VP RECORDS 40th YEAR CELEBRATION," 15 Aug. 2019 Parties were held in a small backyard behind their house where the family’s three dogs frolicked. New York Times, "Tiffany Cabán Was the Next Progressive Hope. Now What?," 13 Aug. 2019 So as tourists frolicked in fountains, authorities and volunteers in Paris and London fanned out to help the elderly, the sick and the homeless, opening cooling centers to let people rest, recover or shower. Anchorage Daily News, "Europe melts under Sahara heat wave, smashes heat records," 26 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My toddler’s water wings sat on the front porch, awaiting a poolside frolic that would never come. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "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, orlandosentinel.com, "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 Watching a four-year-old and a six-year-old (neither of whom can swim!) frolic in the waves is no reward for driving 45 minutes (each way!) from Brooklyn to Rockaway Beach in Queens. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Rockaway Beach Bakery Is the Real Reason I Go to the Beach," 9 Aug. 2019 Only rarely now does Rautenberg bring out her tattered, overflowing scrapbooks of news clippings and black-and-white photos of big-band concerts, fancy banquets, beach frolics and life on the road. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "At 91, Denton-raised big band vocalist is low key about the high life of her youth," 28 July 2019 On screen, Lily James frolics around a Greek island in Mamma Mia! Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Lily James Is on the Dreamiest Italian Vacation," 9 Aug. 2018 But darned if Casey Wilder Mott’s feature directorial debut doesn’t prove to be a disarmingly effective, visually vibrant frolic. Michael Rechtshaffen, latimes.com, "Review: Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' charmingly recast in La La land," 12 July 2018 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

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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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The first known use of frolic was circa 1548

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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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