frisk

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English frisk, from Old French frisque ‎(lively, jolly, blithe, fine, spruce, gay), of Germanic origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch frisc ‎(fresh) or Old High German frisc ‎(fresh), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *friskaz ‎(fresh). Cognate with Icelandic frískur ‎(frisky, fresh). More at fresh.

Alternative etymology derives frisk from an alteration (due to Old French fresche ‎(fresh)) of Old French fricque, frique ‎(smart, strong, playful, bright), from Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃 ‎(friks, greedy, hungry), from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, *frakaz ‎(greedy, active), from Proto-Indo-European *preg- ‎(greedy, fierce). Cognate with Middle Dutch vrec ‎(greedy, avaricious), German frech ‎(insolent), Old English frec ‎(greedy, eager, bold, daring, dangerous). More at freak.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frisk

  1. Lively; brisk; frolicsome; frisky.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

frisk ‎(plural frisks)

  1. A frolic; a fit of wanton gaiety; a gambol: a little playful skip or leap.

Verb[edit]

frisk ‎(third-person singular simple present frisks, present participle frisking, simple past and past participle frisked)

  1. To frolic, gambol, skip, dance, leap.
  2. To search somebody by feeling his or her body and clothing.
    The police frisked the suspiciously-acting individual and found a knife as well as a bag of marijuana.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • The term frisk is slightly less formal than search.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle Low German vrisch, from Old Saxon *frisk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preysk-.

Adjective[edit]

frisk ‎(neuter frisk or friskt, definite and plural friske)

  1. fresh
  2. cheerful, lively
  3. fit, sprightly

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle Low German vrisch, from Old Saxon *frisk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preysk-.

Adjective[edit]

frisk ‎(neuter singular friskt, definite singular and plural friske, comparative friskere, indefinite superlative friskest, definite superlative friskeste)

  1. fresh
  2. keen (e.g. a keen wind)
  3. well, healthy
  4. refreshing
  5. cheerful (e.g. colours)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle Low German vrisch, from Old Saxon *frisk, *fersk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preysk-.

Adjective[edit]

frisk ‎(neuter singular friskt, definite singular and plural friske, comparative friskare, indefinite superlative friskast, definite superlative friskaste)

  1. fresh
  2. keen (e.g. a keen wind)
  3. well, healthy
  4. refreshing
  5. cheerful (e.g. colours)

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Saterland Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian fersk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz. More at fresh.

Adjective[edit]

frisk

  1. fresh

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle Low German vrisch, from Old Saxon *frisk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preysk-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frisk (comparative friskare, superlative friskast)

  1. healthy
  2. fresh; refreshing
    friska luften
    (the) fresh air

Declension[edit]

Inflection of frisk
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular frisk friskare friskast
Neuter singular friskt friskare friskast
Plural friska friskare friskast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 friske friskare friskaste
All friska friskare friskaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.