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frolick (comparative more frolick, superlative most frolick)

  1. Archaic form of frolic.


frolick (plural frolicks)

  1. Archaic form of frolic.


frolick (third-person singular simple present frolicks, present participle frolicking, simple past and past participle frolicked)

  1. Archaic form of frolic.

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Alternative forms

  • frolick


From Dutch vrolijk (cheerful), from Middle Dutch vrolijc, from Old Dutch fr?l?k, from Proto-Germanic *frawal?kaz. Compare German fröhlich (blitheful, gaily, happy, merry).

The first element, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frawaz, is cognate with Middle English frow (hasty); the latter element, ultimately from *-l?kaz, is cognate with -ly, -like.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /?f??l?k/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /?f??l?k/
  • Rhymes: -?l?k
  • Hyphenation: frol?ic


frolic (comparative more frolic, superlative most frolic)

  1. (now rare) Merry, joyous, full of mirth; later especially, frolicsome, sportive, full of playful mischief. [from 1530s]
    • 1645, John Milton, “L’Allegro” in Poems, London: Humphrey Moseley, p. 31,[1]
      The frolick wind that breathes the Spring,
      Zephyr with Aurora playing,
      As he met her once a Maying
      There on Beds of Violets blew,
    • 1682, Edmund Waller, “Of Love” in Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, London: H. Herringman, 5th edition, 1686, p. 73,[2]
      For women, born to be controul’d,
      Stoop to the forward and the bold,
      Affect the haughty and the proud,
      The gay, the frollick, and the loud.
  2. (obsolete, rare) Free; liberal; bountiful; generous.


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

  1. (intransitive) To make merry; to have fun; to romp; to behave playfully and uninhibitedly. [from 1580s]
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to be merry.


Derived terms

  • rollick



frolic (plural frolics)

  1. Gaiety; merriment. [from 1610s]
    • 1832-1888, Louisa May Alcott
      the annual jubilee [] filled the souls of old and young with visions of splendour, frolic and fun.
    • 2012 (original 1860), Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun - Page 276:
      By the old-fashioned magnificence of this procession, it might worthily have included his Holiness in person, with a suite of attendant Cardinals, if those sacred dignitaries would kindly have lent their aid to heighten the frolic of the Carnival.
  2. A playful antic.
    • 1680, James Dillon, 3rd Earl of Roscommon, Art of Poetry
      He would be at his frolic once again.
  3. (obsolete, chiefly US) A social gathering.


See also

  • cavort

Related terms

  • frolicsome


  • John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) , “frolic”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ?ISBN

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