- merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
- a merrymaking or party.
- playful behavior or action; prank.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for frolicking
Key actions: Spinning and spinning; frolicking; falling down.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
Watching them frolicking on Cape Cod with their cousins, I sometimes assumed they must be immune to such feelings.Mark Shriver’s Quest to Understand “A Good Man”
June 4, 2012
He dared reporters to chase him when he was rumored to be frolicking with a paid party girl, Donna Rice.Why Republicans Are Better at Affairs
May 7, 2009
Falling of the grid and frolicking in some fields sounds pretty good right now.A Recess from the Recession
March 6, 2009
Next thing you know she's spotted with Orlando Bloom frolicking around the enchanted wood.How to Wreck a Home
December 19, 2008
Saw there another room, flame-lit, and with frolicking children.Poems
William D. Howells
They are laughing and frolicking on the grass, as they go along.Rollo on the Rhine
Instead of romping and frolicking individually they play in groups.The New Education
Moreover, he seemed delighted to see us frolicking in this way.French and Oriental Love in a Harem
Only they must be careful not to let their fun and frolicking give other people trouble.Stuyvesant
- a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
- light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment
- (intr) to caper about; act or behave playfully
- archaic, or literary full of merriment or fun
Word Origin and History for frolicking
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.