Definition of frisk in English:


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Pronunciation: /frɪsk


  • 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 him I was frisked and released without charge
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    • One of them relieved Phelps of his gun and gun belt, while the other frisked him for hidden weapons or other ‘dangerous’ articles.
    • Officers frisked Barnes and made him stand with them near the police cars.
    • He holstered the pistol and frisked her for weapons.
    search, body-search, check, inspect, examine
    informal give someone the once-over
    North American informal shake down


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  • 1 [in singular] An act of frisking someone: a frisk search
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    • The panel addressed the issue of whether probable cause to seize an object can arise during a frisk when a police officer knows the object in question to be narcotics.
    • They will come and take you out to the back area, and they will do a bit of a frisk.
    • If he knows that he could be frisked, he can place a non-metal explosive in a location that will not be disclosed by a frisk.
  • 2A playful skip or leap.
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    • As the procession approached Hadleigh, he slipped off his horse, and leaped and took a frisk or two, as men commonly do in dancing.



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  • This means heavier pats from heavy-handed friskers.
  • Hand-and-foot monitors are provided at high traffic boundaries and friskers at the rest.
  • While this is standard operating procedure, they only had a couple friskers at each door, and five or six security guards looking lethargically over the crowd.


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.

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