Open main menu

Contents

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch vrolijk (cheerful), from Middle Dutch vrolijc, from Old Dutch frōlīk, from Proto-Germanic *frawalīkaz. 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 *-līkaz, is cognate with -ly, -like.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɹɒlɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɹɑːlɪk/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒlɪk

AdjectiveEdit

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.
    • 1766, Joseph Addison, The Spectator - Volume 5 - Page 304:
      You meet him at the tables and conversations of the wise, the impertinent, the grave, the frolic, and the witty; [...]
    • 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.

VerbEdit

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]
    • We saw the lambs frolicking in the meadow.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to be merry.

InflectionEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

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.
    • Roscommon
      He would be at his frolic once again.

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

See alsoEdit

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit