[ frol-ik ]
See synonyms for: frolicfrolickedfrolicking on

  1. merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.

  2. a merrymaking or party.

  1. playful behavior or action; prank.

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.

  1. merry; full of fun.

Origin of frolic

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

Other words for frolic

Other words from frolic

  • frol·ick·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frolic in a sentence

  • She wished a Halloween frolic, but whether she frolicked at home or in the village mattered not at all.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book | Loretta Ellen Brady
  • The vole found quite a shoal of fish collected near the reeds; and for a few moments he frolicked about the edge of the shallow.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees
  • She laughed, sung, and frolicked round the room like a sportive child, and yet she could scarcely define her own emotions.

    Manners, Vol 2 of 3 | Frances Brooke
  • An entire brigade of burglars might have entered the cottage and frolicked among its treasures without any difficulty.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly | Charles Heber Clark
  • The streams that frolicked to nimble tunes in May now crawl from pool to pool.

    Hints to Pilgrims | Charles Stephen Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for frolic


/ (ˈfrɒlɪk) /

  1. a light-hearted entertainment or occasion

  2. light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment

verb-ics, -icking or -icked
  1. (intr) to caper about; act or behave playfully

  1. archaic, or literary full of merriment or fun

Origin of frolic

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

Derived forms of frolic

  • frolicker, noun

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