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

Definition of frolicsome

: full of gaiety : playful, sportive

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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
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First Known Use of frolicsome

1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Frolicsome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frolicsome

: very lively and playful


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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