frol·​ic·​some ˈfrä-lik-səm How to pronounce frolicsome (audio)
: 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 Both concentrated on paintings of frolicsome, amorous bunnies. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2023 But back in the aughts, before Ganni's frolicsome offering of poplin collared dresses and knee-high chelsea boots became an unofficial uniform for western women in their mid-twenties and beyond, the company dealt exclusively in cashmere. Leah Dolan, CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 On their first tour together in six years, Springsteen, 73, was physical and frolicsome, his taut face routinely enveloped in a smile, while his dynamic 18-member band helped take his songs, some of them nearly 50 years old, to new heights. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2023 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, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2020 Men will be boys once more, and staid matrons will attempt to be frolicsome girls. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2022 Freezing winter in a place designed for frolicsome summer can be a doleful time. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frolicsome was in 1699

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“Frolicsome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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frol·​ic·​some ˈfräl-ik-səm How to pronounce frolicsome (audio)
: full of high spirits : given to frolic : playful, frisky

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