Definition of frolic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrälik/

verb (frolics, frolicking, frolicked)

[no object]
1(Of an animal or person) play and move about cheerfully, excitedly, or energetically: Edward frolicked on the sand
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  • Susie and I were shown through to the conservatory at the back of the dining-room, overlooking the tennis courts and lawns, where a small group of children laughed and joked as they frolicked on the grass.
  • I watched the sunrise from a chair made of driftwood; offshore, fur seals frolicked on a sea-battered rock; a few feet away, snakes slithered through a stone wall.
  • Gone are the days when children frolicked on streets all day and had to be shouted at to return home in time for dinner.
play, amuse oneself, romp, disport oneself, frisk, gambol, cavort, caper, cut capers, scamper, skip, dance, prance, leap about, jump about
dated sport
1.1Play about with someone in a flirtatious or sexual way: he denied allegations that he frolicked with a secretary
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  • A little quick, I know, but the major problem is that although I initially thought I just wanted a chance to be charming and have some summertime frolicking, I am getting attached.
  • The TV stations said a pimp was the source of the story about the footballers frolicking with prostitutes.
  • And when you run out of ideas as a filmmaker, stick a soft rock ballad on the soundtrack and do a montage of lovers frolicking.


(often frolics)
1A playful action or movement: his injuries were inflicted by the frolics of a young filly the days of fun and frolic were gone for good
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  • This twelve hour journey was filled with fun, frolics and 16 young Irish people trying to grasp on to the fact that they were chosen for this trip of a lifetime.
  • It should be a magnificent day of fun and frolics for the younger children of the region.
  • Hampton Hill High Street will be closed on Friday, November 28, for another spectacular evening of festive fun and frolics.
antic, caper, game, romp, escapade;
(frolics) fun, fun and games, hijinks, merrymaking, amusement, skylarking
1.1Flirtatious or sexual activity or actions: her poolside frolics
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  • Thus the split sequences cleverly suggest McGregor and Zellweger indulging in the kind of sexual frolics that would have shocked any audience expecting innocent romance with Doris and Rock Hudson.
  • In the intervening years we've been regaled by stories of his prodigious womanizing, which included frolics in the White House.
  • The grim-faced gutter press made a fetish of her frolics, anointing her Rear of the Year at 16, and dogging her dalliances with boys and drink.


Cheerful, merry, or playful: a thousand forms of frolic life
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  • Where we such clusters had, as made us nobly wild, not mad; And yet each verse of thine out-did the meat, out-did the frolic wine.
  • Memories of the frolic era trailed behind for some time; some fizzled out, others are still etched on the mind.



Example sentences
  • We looked like and sounded like all the rest of the mid-summer frolickers, only he was silent.
  • But grasses in the garden have many more uses than hiding bees for the unwary barefoot frolicker.
  • In fact, on a recent New Years Eve, the beachside mansion was full of frolickers that reportedly included some of Sin City's and Chicago's most notorious - rubbing elbows with Vegas and Laguna elite.


Early 16th century (as an adjective): from Dutch vrolijk 'merry, cheerful'.

Words that rhyme with frolic

alcoholic, anabolic, apostolic, bucolic, carbolic, chocoholic, colic, diabolic, embolic, hydraulic, hyperbolic, melancholic, metabolic, parabolic, rollick, shambolic, shopaholic, symbolic, vitriolic, workaholic

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Syllabification: frol·ic

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