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[frol-ik-suh m]
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  1. merrily playful; full of fun.
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Origin of frolicsome

First recorded in 1690–1700; frolic + -some1
Related formsfrol·ic·some·ly, adverbfrol·ic·some·ness, noun
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Related Words for frolicsome

antic, frisky, fun, gay, gleeful, happy, impish, jocular, jovial, kittenish, lively, merry, mischievous, roguish, rollicking, sportive, sprightly, coltish, gamesome

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Historical Examples of frolicsome

  • I was a scamp—but a frolicsome scamp—and that is always a popular character.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • His good spirits frisked about the table like a troupe of frolicsome puppies.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • At home, in the woods, he is the most frolicsome and loquacious.

  • All you got to do is go ahead and enjoy yourself, free and frolicsome.

  • It is not so frolicsome as many of its fellows, but it impresses me as typical of its sender.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for frolicsome



  1. given to frolicking; merry and playful
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Derived Formsfrolicsomely, adverbfrolicsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frolicsome


1690s, from frolic + -some (1).

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