frolic

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From Dutch vrolijk (cheerful). Compare German fröhlich (blitheful, gaily, happy, merry).

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frolic (comparative more frolic, superlative most frolic)

  1. (now rare) Merry, joyous; later especially, frolicsome, sportive, full of playful mischief.
    • Milton
      The frolic wind that breathes the spring.
    • Waller
      The gay, the frolic, and the loud.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Beale, under this frolic menace, took nothing back at all; he was indeed apparently on the point of repeating his extravagence, but Miss Overmore instructed her little charge that she was not to listen to his bad jokes [...].
  2. (obsolete, rare) Free; liberal; bountiful; generous.

Noun[edit]

frolic (plural frolics)

  1. Gaiety; merriment.
    • 1832-1888, Louisa May Alcott
      the annual jubilee [] filled the souls of old and young with visions of splendour, frolic and fun.
  2. A playful antic.
    • Roscommon
      He would be at his frolic once again.

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Verb[edit]

frolic (third-person singular simple present frolics, present participle frolicking, simple past and past participle frolicked)

  1. (intransitive) To romp; to behave playfully and uninhibitedly.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to be merry.

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