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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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Examples from the Web for frolicked
Historical Examples
  • We frolicked for a week or more and were the highest larks you ever saw.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • He gambled, drank, or frolicked around, according to the desire of the moment.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The two children and the three dogs ran and frolicked in the rear.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • When he had gone, Benny frolicked around noisily with the dog.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Heretofore I had either ignored them or frolicked with them.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Then there was a great scrambling and the Crickets frolicked with them.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • He danced with them, frolicked with them—and then promptly forgot them.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • The streams that frolicked to nimble tunes in May now crawl from pool to pool.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • In all his poetry there leaped and frolicked "vernal delight and joy."

  • As she grew stronger she frolicked with every human being and every living thing.

    Saxe Holm's Stories Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for frolicked


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 frolicked


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.

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