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

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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 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 Another time, a flock of flamingos forayed to the yard of a neighbor with a fountain, to frolic in the water. Bruce Tomaso, Dallas News, "In the pink: Richardson neighbors spread cheer with cheeky flamingo displays," 5 June 2020 What follows is Styles and a whole gang of pals frolicking sensually on a beach while eating watermelon, running their hands all over each other and absolutely not social distancing. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” Music Video Has The Sexy Summer Vibes You’re Missing," 18 May 2020 Families frolicked on the rolling green course for free. Heather Knight,, "Closed roads. Shared golf courses. Computers for kids. Bright spots of SF’s shelter-in-place should last forever," 16 May 2020 But sightings in Newport have commanded most of the attention, including particularly stunning footage showing a pod of dolphins frolicking in the neon blue surf, captured by Hutain’s colleague Patrick Coyne on a separate outing. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dolphins, Surfers and Waves Sparkle in Bright Blue Bioluminescent Glow Off California Coast," 28 Apr. 2020 Last week, the beaches and bars were full of young people, frolicking in a sandy petri dish with no regard for social distancing. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Quit sugarcoating the coronavirus, Mr. President," 26 Mar. 2020 As depicted in the show, Margaret and Llewellyn's relationship becomes public when a paparazzi photographer follows them on vacation to the West Indies and takes covert photographs of the pair frolicking in the ocean. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roddy Llewellyn? Everything You Need to Know About Princess Margaret's Boyfriend," 23 Nov. 2019 But being productive was a means to an end, a way to frolic in the hinterlands of wuliao for as long as possible. Connie Wang & Lily Fulop, Refinery29, "Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy," 7 Apr. 2020 Squirrels frolicked, a handful of people jogged and Wanda Murphy, in her radiant pink shirt, was watering Stevenson Park’s plants, a task she’s been doing for quite awhile now. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Stevenson Park’s peacefulness enhanced by the plant-watering woman," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For many years, the infield has been a stage for fun, frolic and, not incidentally, drunken shenanigans. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Noose at Talladega overshadows NASCAR effort to move beyond Confederate flag and turn toward inclusion, racial justice," 23 June 2020 But all that mass does compromise its back-road frolic factor. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Marries Performance and Efficiency," 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, "The Alternate Aesthetic Realities of ‘Tiger King’," 2 Apr. 2020 No one knows when or where the elephant photos came from, but the drunken frolic during pandemic shutdown has been debunked by Chinese media. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 The country doesn’t want rich kids to see their college debts canceled, or to pick up the tab for their four-year frolics on leafy campuses. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Is the Favorite," 6 Feb. 2020 Climb the lighthouse or frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne or at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly John U. Lloyd Beach State Park) in Dania. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry to Florida state and national parks for everyone on Veterans Day," 9 Nov. 2018 The parent, its back golden in the sun, remains frozen in place, while its pup frolics about. National Geographic, "Coyotes have expanded their range to 49 states—and show no signs of stopping.," 29 Nov. 2019 An offside penalty on the initial drive enabled the Ravens to get out of field goal formation and go for a touchdown, which Jackson scored on a frolic around left end. David Ginsburg,, "Bill Belichick at loss of words after Patriots’ 1st loss," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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“Frolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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