SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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. Origin of frolic 1530–40;
joyful (cognate with
), equivalent to
-lijk -ly Related forms frol·ick·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for frolicker Historical Examples of frolicker
They agreed in giving Hutchins the character of being a notorious "
frolicker," and a "very hard master."
True, he said his "master was a
frolicker, and fond of drink," but he was not particularly unkind to him.
He was heedless, however, somewhat frivolous, and a
frolicker of unrestrained temperament. British Dictionary definitions for frolicker noun a light-hearted entertainment or occasion light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment verb -ics, -icking or -icked (intr) to caper about; act or behave playfully adjective 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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Word Origin and History for frolicker
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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