frol·​ic·​some | \ ˈfrä-lik-səm How to pronounce frolicsome (audio) \

Definition of frolicsome

: full of gaiety : playful, sportive

Examples of frolicsome in a Sentence

a frolicsome uncle who was a favorite among his relatives teachers smiling at the frolicsome students leaving school for summer vacation
Recent Examples on the Web Freezing winter in a place designed for frolicsome summer can be a doleful time. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 The hues of the production create a theatrical world unto itself, allowing the frolicsome choreography of Kelly Devine to move with unflashy freedom. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 This, Heynen's latest book, focuses as its title suggests on the youngest of his archetypal figures of rural boyhood, a shapeshifting and mercurial personage who is by turns frolicsome and introspective, mischievous and vulnerable. Jim Heynen, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 The outside is festooned with frolicsome animal stickers (many subjects from other studies are children), but these do nothing to allay the discomfort of lying perfectly still with my head in a vise for an hour and a half. Amber Dance, Scientific American, 20 Jan. 2020 Singing in the remains of Roman baths, the trio exhibit a fraternal, frolicsome energy — opera with the looseness of rock. Kyle Smith, National Review, 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of frolicsome

1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Frolicsome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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frol·​ic·​some | \ ˈfrä-lik-səm How to pronounce frolicsome (audio) \

Kids Definition of frolicsome

: very lively and playful frolicsome ponies

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