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

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Other Words from frolic


frolicker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frolic

Synonyms: Adjective

bouncy, bubbly, buoyant, crank [chiefly dialect], effervescent, exuberant, frolicsome, gamesome, gay, high-spirited, vivacious

Synonyms: Verb

caper, cavort, disport, frisk, gambol, lark, rollick, romp, sport

Synonyms: Noun

antic, caper, capriccio, dido, escapade, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

Antonyms: Adjective

low-spirited, sullen

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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


the frolic atmosphere that envelops New Orleans during Mardi Gras


We watched the seals as they frolicked in the harbor. children frolicking in the yard


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

The models were seen sipping tropical cocktails, frolicking on yachts, and zipping through crystal blue water on personal watercraft. Leanna Faulk And Amanda Watts, CNN, "Didn't get a ticket to the failed Fyre Festival? You can now buy the island used to promote it.," 2 July 2019 The pictures showed the family frolicking on the beach, swimming in the pool and lounging around their hotel room. Steve Helling,, "The Bachelorette's Melissa Rycroft Has 'Major Stomach Issues' After Trip to Dominican Republic," 19 June 2019 Audiences can discover fairies frolicking in the park, swans twirling in tutus, tap dancers paying a tribute to history and hip-hop crews from all over the world, daring to outdo each other. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Dance: PGK Dance Project, Mojalet Dance Collective, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and more," 16 June 2019 Practice wildlife shots in the Amazon, zooming in on scarlet macaws and conveying movement in frolicking monkeys. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 As part of the reveal of Middleton's Back to Nature garden at the famed Chelsea Flower Show, the Cambridges released some incredibly cute videos of the kids, including a very much on-the-move Prince Louis, frolicking in the space. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "People Think Prince William Just Revealed His Adorable Nickname for Princess Charlotte," 23 May 2019 Singer Dani Miller appears alongside models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak, and Ellia Sophia Coggins, frolicking to a 1980s soundtrack, their lips adorned in various shades of the lipsticks. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019 The images, taken by Duchess Kate last month, show the little princess posing and frolicking around at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is Going to Have a "Rowdy" Birthday Party, According to Prince William," 2 May 2019 Getty ImagesWPA Pool The royal family isn’t all just frolicking at weddings in fancy hats and attending super fun public events—there’s serious money involved in every aspect of their lives. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Inherited More Money Than Prince William When Their Great-Grandmother Died," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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 Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 She was joined by her 9-year-old daughter and her friend Nellie Draganic, who happily traipsed through the fields as Pell documented the frolics. Catherine Bigelow,, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018 Mona, her brothers, sister and mother have cookouts, listen to music and frolic in the park with their kids like other Britons. Lorraine Ali,, "‘Next of Kin’: So well-acted...if only it didn't fall into the good Muslims in terrorism trap," 22 June 2018 Dog owners favor the open field for a good frolic with Fido. A.d. Thompson,, "Lake Mary/Heathrow Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 This fund-raising frolic, which will be held rain or shine, invites families to eat, explore the grounds and play old-fashioned outdoor games, including hoop rolling, ring toss and graces (tossing a hoop back and forth, using sticks). Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of frolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play and move about happily



English Language Learners Definition of frolic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an enjoyable time or activity


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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