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 word rooted in pleasure. Its most common function today is as a verb meaning “to play and run about happily,” as in “children frolicking in the waves,” but it joined the language in the 16th century as an adjective carrying the meaning of its Dutch source vroolijk: “full of fun; merry.” Shakespeare’s Puck used it this way in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, saying “And we fairies … following darkness like a dream, now are frolic.” Verb use quickly followed, and by the early 17th century the word was also being used as 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea otters frolic in the waters around the park, while the islands provide a terrestrial habitat for super-rare flora and fauna species like the Torrey Pine and Island Fox. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 4 Sep. 2022 A beautiful day is sure to bring a festival-like atmosphere to the grounds, where kids and dogs frolic alongside families and groups of friends under the trees and sail shades. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2022 While his father fished and his mother sunbathed, Mr. Miller and his two siblings would frolic in the surf. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Tours of the lighthouse, as well as seal tours highlighting the playful marine mammals who frolic in the waters off Chatham Light Beach, are available each summer. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 To the north of town, Playa Hermosa is a beautiful beach where dolphins frolic in the waves and the sunsets are spectacular. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 Last weekend was very much for the locals, but that won’t be the case much longer as Homer prepares for a flood of visitors looking to fish and frolic in the iconic seaside town of boardwalks and beaches. Matt Tunseth For The Daily News, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2022 Inside the castle Villiam and Marek frolic away the days with sausage-eating contests; outside, drought has driven the commoners to cannibalism. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 17 June 2022 At Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida, manatees frolic near the main spring, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That whole special master thing with classified documents, that was a frolic and a detour. ABC News, 22 Sep. 2022 The two families split the $140 fee for a two-hour frolic. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Their solution was to open the Museum of Ice Cream, a whimsical immersive experience where visitors can try a variety of frozen treats, learn more about the history of ice cream, play games and frolic in a giant sprinkle pit. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 This was the first frolic down the slippery slope to a divisive, distracting ... Brian T. Allen, National Review, 14 May 2022 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 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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