[ frol-ik ]
/ ˈfrɒl ɪk /


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

Examples from the Web for frolicker

  • They agreed in giving Hutchins the character of being a notorious "frolicker," and a "very hard master."

  • He was heedless, however, somewhat frivolous, and a frolicker of unrestrained temperament.

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  • True, he said his "master was a frolicker, and fond of drink," but he was not particularly unkind to him.

British Dictionary definitions for frolicker


/ (ˈfrɒlɪk) /


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 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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