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frolic

[frol-ik] /ˈfrɒl ɪk/
noun
1.
merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
2.
a merrymaking or party.
3.
playful behavior or action; prank.
verb (used without object), frolicked, frolicking.
4.
to gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp:
The children were frolicking in the snow.
5.
to have fun; engage in merrymaking; play merry pranks.
adjective
6.
merry; full of fun.
Origin of frolic
1530-1540
1530-40; < Dutch vrolijk joyful (cognate with German fröhlich), equivalent to vro glad + -lijk -ly
Related forms
frolicker, noun
Synonyms
4. sport, revel.
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  • 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

    Jacob Abbott
  • Instead of romping and frolicking individually they play in groups.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Moreover, he seemed delighted to see us frolicking in this way.

  • Only they must be careful not to let their fun and frolicking give other people trouble.

    Stuyvesant Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for frolicking

frolic

/ˈfrɒlɪk/
noun
1.
a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
2.
light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment
verb -ics, -icking, -icked
3.
(intransitive) to caper about; act or behave playfully
adjective
4.
(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 frolicking

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.

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