verb (frolics, frolicking, frolicked)[no object]
- 1(Of an animal or person) play and move about cheerfully, excitedly, or energetically: Edward frolicked on the sandMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Play about with someone in a flirtatious or sexual way: he denied allegations that he frolicked with a secretaryMore example sentences
- 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.
noun(often frolics) Back to top
- 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 goodMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Flirtatious or sexual activity or actions: her poolside frolicsMore example sentences
- 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.
adjective• archaic Back to top
- Cheerful, merry, or playful: a thousand forms of frolic lifeMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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'.