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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Verb

frolicker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frolic

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 Make no mistake, this is not going to be some essay about how Covid is over and everyone should frolic mask-less out in the streets. Swapna Krishna, Wired, 9 June 2021 Pets can frolic in the park’s backcountry, but not on the coast from the mean high-tide line to a quarter-mile inland. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 During a recent visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show Courteney Cox opened up about filming that iconic Friends title sequence where the six actors frolic in a big fountain. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 6 May 2021 In the adorable montage, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, frolic around their country home, Anmer Hall. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 2 May 2021 They were purchased from the fishmonger early in the week and left to frolic in the tub before their home sacrifice. Rachel Ringler, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Apr. 2021 In this relationship, these two are exposed emotionally, spiritually and physically, meeting every fight and frolic at full bore. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Canine carers offer claw-trims and let beloved pets frolic outdoors. The Economist, 13 Mar. 2021 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, 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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, 23 Nov. 2020 Seeking and witnessing the comet was an intentional, joyous frolic. Peter M. Leschak, Star Tribune, 31 July 2020 For many years, the infield has been a stage for fun, frolic and, not incidentally, drunken shenanigans. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, 23 June 2020 But all that mass does compromise its back-road frolic factor. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 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, 2 Apr. 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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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