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[frol-ik] /ˈfrɒl ɪk/
merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
a merrymaking or party.
playful behavior or action; prank.
verb (used without object), frolicked, frolicking.
to gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp:
The children were frolicking in the snow.
to have fun; engage in merrymaking; play merry pranks.
merry; full of fun.
Origin of frolic
1530-40; < Dutch vrolijk joyful (cognate with German fröhlich), equivalent to vro glad + -lijk -ly
Related forms
frolicker, noun
4. sport, revel. Unabridged
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  • But these matters have no value save as a field wherein Thought, like a wise lamb, may frolic merrily.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • There were half a dozen of them, and they seemed to be engaged in a frolic.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • "Ay, ay, sir," replied the seamen as cheerfully as if there was only a frolic before them.

    A Little Traitor to the South Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • It was a frolic all day and till midnight, when the Blanche's passengers returned to her.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • A fine clear skin, pink cheeks and a plump figure, and an inexhausible flow of spirits, ready for any fun or frolic.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • His splendid vitality overflowed at times in frolic and extravagance.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
British Dictionary definitions for frolic


a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment
verb -ics, -icking, -icked
(intransitive) to caper about; act or behave playfully
(archaic or literary) full of merriment or fun
Derived Forms
frolicker, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch vrolijk, from Middle Dutch vro happy, glad; related to Old High German frō happy
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Word Origin and History for frolic

1530s, as an adjective, "joyous, merry," from Middle Dutch vrolyc (adj.) "happy," from vro- "merry, glad," + lyc "like." Cognate with German fröhlich "happy." The stem is cognate with Old Norse frar "swift," Middle English frow "hasty," from PIE *preu- (see frog (n.1)), giving the whole an etymological sense akin to "jumping for joy." The verb is first attested 1580s. Related: Frolicked; frolicking. As a noun, from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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