verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of frisk
Examples from the Web for 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|Michael Daly|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When being processed into solitary confinement, known as the Special Housing Unit, or SHU, the frisk is even more severe.
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|Michael Daly|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Even the old cows shook their horns, and made comical attempts to frisk with the yearlings.Other Main-Travelled Roads|Hamlin Garland
She sniffed noses with him, and even condescended to leap about and frisk and play with him in quite puppyish fashion.White Fang|Jack London
They frisk, and dance, and tinkle their guitars from sunset to sunrise.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
Well, then—now they are ALL away, let us frisk at our ease, and have at everything like the bull in the china-shop.The Book of Snobs|William Makepeace Thackeray
Frisk was so terrified at the sight of it that he did not know where to hide.The Blue Fairy Book|Various
British Dictionary definitions for frisk
- to search (someone) by feeling for concealed weapons, etc
- to rob by searching in this way
Word Origin for frisk
Word Origin and History 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.