1 [with object] (of a police officer or other official) pass the hands over (someone) in a search for hidden weapons, drugs, or other items:he raised his arms to permit the officer to frisk himI was frisked and released without charge
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] skip or leap playfully; frolic:spaniels frisked around me
1 [in singular] an act of frisking someone:a frisk search
2a playful skip or leap.
early 16th century(in sense 2 of the noun): from obsolete frisk 'lively, frisky', from Old French frisque 'alert, lively, merry', perhaps of Germanic origin. sense 1 of the noun, originally a slang term, dates from the late 18th century