adjective, frisk·i·er, frisk·i·est.

lively; frolicsome; playful.

Origin of frisky

First recorded in 1515–25; frisk + -y1
Related formsfrisk·i·ly, adverbfrisk·i·ness, nounun·frisk·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of frisky

  • The Frisky took the bait, writing that “If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.”

  • So to recap:  You know those two lions that were frisky enough to have lion sex and give birth to lions?

  • Obama himself touts “the Swedish model,” which sounds like a frisky playmate for the Stimulus Package.

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Historical Examples of frisky

British Dictionary definitions for frisky


adjective friskier or friskiest

lively, high-spirited, or playful
Derived Formsfriskily, adverbfriskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frisky

c.1500, from frisk "lively" + -y (2). Related: Friskiness.

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