Definition of frisk in English:

frisk

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Pronunciation: /frɪsk
 
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verb

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.
Synonyms
search, body-search, check, inspect, examine
informal give someone the once-over
North American informal shake down
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Skip or leap playfully; frolic: spaniels frisked around me
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  • She says she can picture Charlie right now frisking about some green field of Heaven, wearing his loop of flowers.
  • ‘She was caught in the bush, sir,’ he explained, glancing down at the dog that was still frisking about.
  • He watches them flirt, frolic, frisk and fondle.
Synonyms
frolic, gambol, cavort, caper, cut capers, sport, scamper, skip, dance, romp, trip, prance, leap, spring, hop, jump, bounce, bob

noun

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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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

frisker

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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