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  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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  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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Examples from the Web for frolicked

Historical Examples

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

    The Story of the Outlaw

    Emerson Hough

  • 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


  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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  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 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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