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 formsfrol·ick·er, noun

Synonyms for frolic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frolicked

cavort, gambol, caper, carouse, play, rollick, riot, romp, revel, prance, frisk, lark, spree, sport

Examples from the Web for frolicked

Historical Examples of frolicked

  • We frolicked for a week or more and were the highest larks you ever saw.

  • He gambled, drank, or frolicked around, according to the desire of the moment.

    The Fighting Edge

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The two children and the three dogs ran and frolicked in the rear.

    Battling the Clouds

    Captain Frank Cobb

  • When he had gone, Benny frolicked around noisily with the dog.

    The Box-Car Children

    Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • Heretofore I had either ignored them or frolicked with them.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

British Dictionary definitions for frolicked



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 Formsfrolicker, 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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Word Origin and History for frolicked


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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