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[fris-kee] /ˈfrɪs ki/
adjective, friskier, friskiest.
lively; frolicsome; playful.
Origin of frisky
1515-25; frisk + -y1
Related forms
friskily, adverb
friskiness, noun
unfrisky, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Break him in like a frisky colt, little man bach," said Anna to the farmer.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
  • frisky Squirrel said he supposed so—but it was a strange thing to do.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Friends kindly tell me that some day I will be found frozen out on the plains, and that the frisky Bettie will kill me, and so on.

  • "I could do it, if you'd let me start from a tree," frisky Squirrel said.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The Indians who had captured the white chief were young and frisky.

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
  • frisky Squirrel was there, too, sitting in a corner and holding onto his head.

    The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Miss de Cardoville, followed by frisky, entered the little reception-room, where Agricola awaited her.

British Dictionary definitions for frisky


adjective friskier, friskiest
lively, high-spirited, or playful
Derived Forms
friskily, adverb
friskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frisky

c.1500, from frisk "lively" + -y (2). Related: Friskiness.

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