[ frol-ik ]
/ ˈfrɒl ɪk /


merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
a merrymaking or party.
playful behavior or action; prank.

verb (used without object), frol·icked, frol·ick·ing.

to gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp: The children were frolicking in the snow.
to have fun; engage in merrymaking; play merry pranks.


merry; full of fun.

Origin of frolic

1530–40; < Dutch vrolijk joyful (cognate with German fröhlich), equivalent to vro glad + -lijk -ly

Related forms

frol·ick·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frolic


/ (ˈfrɒlɪk) /


a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment

verb -ics, -icking or -icked

(intr) to caper about; act or behave playfully


archaic, or literary full of merriment or fun

Derived Forms

frolicker, noun

Word Origin for frolic

C16: from Dutch vrolijk, from Middle Dutch vro happy, glad; related to Old High German frō happy
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