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 Backstrom and Anderson, who had both gone to Mount Baker High School, but barely knew each other at that point, started chatting as their kids frolicked on the water slides. Alec Sirken, CBS News, "How two moms chatting at a water park helped crack a Thanksgiving cold case murder," 29 Nov. 2019 This Labor Day weekend, local beachgoers can feel more confident about frolicking in the ocean, thanks to a couple of enhancements to the County’s beach water testing program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County beefs up water-quality testing at beaches with focus on South Bay shorelines," 1 Sep. 2019 This will be a good place for parents to hang out in the shade while the little ones frolic in the water and sun. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Great America in Santa Clara details plans for ‘completely transformed’ water park," 8 Aug. 2019 Some in today’s lunch crowd are frolicking in the sea despite the near freezing mid-winter temperatures. Mark Johanson, Twin Cities, "Refshaleoen: Meet the trendiest neighborhood in Europe you’ve never heard of," 6 July 2019 To the modern mind, a poem like this or the many surviving medieval artworks depicting frolicking skeletons and gruesome skulls can all feel rather graphic. Jack Hartnell, Time, "The Medieval History Behind Our Halloween Fascination With Skeletons," 30 Oct. 2019 The MyndVR system, which the company says is now used in senior facilities in 30 states, lets users try a range of experiences, from touring cities around the world to watching puppies frolic. NBC News, "How virtual reality is helping seniors breathe new life into old memories," 25 Oct. 2019 Eilertsen said his crews are even shooting videos of rolling seas and frolicking dolphins to add ambience., "Ever wonder where your next meal is coming from? A Massachusetts fishing company will soon be able to show diners at a restaurant chain in California exactly where and when the seafood on their plates was harvested, in some cases even showing video of scallops being hauled out of the sea.," 24 Oct. 2019 The team’s study, published recently in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, focused on southern right whales—a baleen whale species, frolicking off the coast of Península Valdés, Argentina. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How Drones Are Helping Scientists Figure Out Whales’ Weight," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Some of The Sound of Music‘s most iconic scenes take place in the hills of the Alps, including the opening number with the title song where Andrews, as Maria, frolics through the early morning beauty on the mountainside. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hear Julie Andrews recount a humorous anecdote in audiobook of new memoir Home Work," 14 Oct. 2019 My toddler’s water wings sat on the front porch, awaiting a poolside frolic that would never come. Kara Baskin,, "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,, "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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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