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[frol-ik] /ˈfrɒl ɪk/

merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun.
a merrymaking or party.
playful behavior or action; prank.
verb (used without object), frolicked, frolicking.
to gambol merrily; to play in a frisky, light-spirited manner; romp:
The children were frolicking in the snow.
to have fun; engage in merrymaking; play merry pranks.
merry; full of fun.
a light-hearted entertainment or occasion
light-hearted activity; gaiety; merriment
verb -ics, -icking, -icked
(intransitive) to caper about; act or behave playfully
(archaic or literary) full of merriment or fun

1530s, as an adjective, “joyous, merry,” from Middle Dutch vrolyc (adj.) “happy,” from vro- “merry, glad,” + lyc “like.” Cognate with German fröhlich “happy.” The stem is cognate with Old Norse frar “swift,” Middle English frow “hasty,” from PIE *preu- (see frog (n.1)), giving the whole an etymological sense akin to “jumping for joy.” The verb is first attested 1580s. Related: Frolicked; frolicking. As a noun, from 1610s.


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