verb (used without object)
to dance, leap, skip, or gambol; frolic:
The dogs and children frisked about on the lawn.
verb (used with object)
to search (a person) for concealed weapons, contraband goods, etc., by feeling the person’s clothing:
The police frisked both of the suspects.
a leap, skip, or caper.
a frolic or gambol.
the act of frisking a person.
(intransitive) to leap, move about, or act in a playful manner; frolic
(transitive) (esp of animals) to whisk or wave briskly: the dog frisked its tail
a playful antic or movement; frolic
the act or an instance of frisking a person
1510s, “to dance, frolic,” from Middle English frisk “lively” (mid-15c.), from Middle French frisque “lively, brisk,” from Old French frisque “fresh, new; merry, animated” (13c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch vrisch “fresh,” Old High German frisc “lively;” see fresh (adj.1)). Sense of “pat down in a search” first recorded 1781. Related: Frisked; frisking. As a noun from 1520s.
: They did a quick frisk and let him go
[fris-kit] /ˈfrɪs kɪt/ noun 1. a mask of thin paper laid over an illustration to shield certain areas when using an airbrush. 2. Printing. a mask of strong paper set in a rectangular frame attached to the tympan of certain presses and cut up so as to prevent accidental soiling or printing by furniture or […]
[fris-kee] /ˈfrɪs ki/ adjective, friskier, friskiest. 1. lively; frolicsome; playful. /ˈfrɪskɪ/ adjective friskier, friskiest 1. lively, high-spirited, or playful adj. c.1500, from frisk “lively” + -y (2). Related: Friskiness.
[free-sohn; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃; French friˈsɔ̃/ noun, plural frissons [free-sohnz; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃z; French friˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA) 1. a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger. /frisɔ̃/ noun 1. a shudder or shiver; thrill n. 1777, from […]
n. “a space of time,” Old English frist, first “space of time” (cf. Old Frisian first, Old High German frist, Old Norse frest). As a verb, meaning “delay,” from early 13c.