[ frisk ]
/ frɪsk /

verb (used without object)

to dance, leap, skip, or gambol; frolic: The dogs and children frisked about on the lawn.

verb (used with object)

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

1425–75; late Middle English, as adj. < Middle French frisque, perhaps a spelling variant (with mute s) of fri(c)que lively, smart < Germanic (compare Middle Dutch vrec, Old High German freh avaricious, Middle High German vrech brave, German frech insolent); or < Middle French (Flanders) frisque < Middle Dutch frisc fresh


frisk·er, nounfrisk·ing·ly, adverbun·frisk·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for frisk

/ (frɪsk) /


(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
  1. to search (someone) by feeling for concealed weapons, etc
  2. to rob by searching in this way


a playful antic or movement; frolic
the act or an instance of frisking a person

Derived forms of frisk

frisker, nounfriskingly, adverb

Word Origin for frisk

C16: from Old French frisque, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frisc lively, fresh
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