- to dance, leap, skip, or gambol; frolic: The dogs and children frisked about on the lawn.
- to search (a person) for concealed weapons, contraband goods, etc., by feeling the person's clothing: The police frisked both of the suspects.
- a leap, skip, or caper.
- a frolic or gambol.
- the act of frisking a person.
Origin of frisk
Related Words for friskcaper, play, rollick, romp, dance, skip, frolic, bounce, jump, leap, prance, hop, lark, sport, trip, gambol, inspect, fan, check
Examples from the Web for frisk
Contemporary Examples of frisk
Another issue was stop and frisk, which the police had been using to keep shootings down.Bronx Gunman Shot His Friend, Didn’t Spill His Drink
August 5, 2014
When being processed into solitary confinement, known as the Special Housing Unit, or SHU, the frisk is even more severe.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
The official compared the change in intelligence strategy to the shift in “stop, question, and frisk” tactics in the street.NYPD Will Continue Spying in the Muslim Community With Undercovers, Informants
April 16, 2014
Would there be an end to the way cops stop, question, and frisk people on the street?
“Whether you look at CompStat or you talk about ‘stop and frisk,’ it comes down to the same thing,” he says.
Historical Examples of frisk
After all, it was Frisk who did it, and I did not even see Frisk do it.
Then you had Frisk with you, and I suppose as playful as usual?
He wanted to take with him his drum and his rocking-chair, and Frisk his dog.
It's long past Frisk's dinner-time, and he has not brought her food!Fruits of Culture
When I frisk a pair of cut-throats with them, it's different.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
- (intr) to leap, move about, or act in a playful manner; frolic
- (tr) (esp of animals) to whisk or wave brisklythe dog frisked its tail
- to search (someone) by feeling for concealed weapons, etc
- to rob by searching in this way
- a playful antic or movement; frolic
- the act or an instance of frisking a person
Word Origin for frisk
1510s, "to dance, frolic," from Middle English frisk "lively" (mid-15c.), from Middle French frisque "lively, brisk," from Old French frisque "fresh, new; merry, animated" (13c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch vrisch "fresh," Old High German frisc "lively;" see fresh (adj.1)). Sense of "pat down in a search" first recorded 1781. Related: Frisked; frisking. As a noun from 1520s.