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frolic

[frol-ik]
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noun
  1. merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
  2. a merrymaking or party.
  3. playful behavior or action; prank.
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verb (used without object), frol·icked, frol·ick·ing.
  1. to gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp: The children were frolicking in the snow.
  2. to have fun; engage in merrymaking; play merry pranks.
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adjective
  1. merry; full of fun.
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Origin of frolic

1530–40; < Dutch vrolijk joyful (cognate with German fröhlich), equivalent to vro glad + -lijk -ly
Related formsfrol·ick·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for frolic

frolic

noun
  1. a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
  2. light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment
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verb -ics, -icking or -icked
  1. (intr) to caper about; act or behave playfully
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adjective
  1. archaic, or literary full of merriment or fun
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Derived Formsfrolicker, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Dutch vrolijk, from Middle Dutch vro happy, glad; related to Old High German frō happy
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Word Origin and History for frolic

1530s, as an adjective, "joyous, merry," from Middle Dutch vrolyc (adj.) "happy," from vro- "merry, glad," + lyc "like." Cognate with German fröhlich "happy." The stem is cognate with Old Norse frar "swift," Middle English frow "hasty," from PIE *preu- (see frog (n.1)), giving the whole an etymological sense akin to "jumping for joy." The verb is first attested 1580s. Related: Frolicked; frolicking. As a noun, from 1610s.

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