frolic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frolic play boisterously "The children frolicked in the garden","the gamboling lambs in the meadows","The toddlers romped in the playroom"
    • n frolic gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement "it was all done in play","their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frolic A scene of gayety and mirth, as in lively play, or in dancing; a merrymaking.
    • Frolic A wild prank; a flight of levity, or of gayety and mirth. "He would be at his frolic once again."
    • a Frolic frŏl"ĭk Full of levity; dancing, playing, or frisking about; full of pranks; frolicsome; gay; merry. "The frolic wind that breathes the spring.""The gay, the frolic , and the loud."
    • v. i Frolic To play wild pranks; to play tricks of levity, mirth, and gayety; to indulge in frolicsome play; to sport. "Hither, come hither, and frolic and play."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frolic Gay; merry; sportive; full of mirth or pranks.
    • n frolic A flight of levity or gaiety and mirth; a prank.
    • n frolic A scene of gaiety and mirth, as in dancing or play; a merrymaking.
    • n frolic A plaything or an ornament.
    • n frolic Synonyms Gambol, escapade.
    • frolic To play merry pranks; engage in acts of levity, mirth, and gaiety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Frolic frol′ik merry: pranky
    • n Frolic gaiety: a wild prank: a merry-making
    • v.i Frolic to play wild pranks or merry tricks: to gambol:—pr.p. frol′icking; pa.p. frol′icked
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Quotations

  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “The dog is the god of frolic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. vroolijk,; akin to G. frölich, fr. froh, OHG. frō, Dan. fro, OS. frāh, cf. Icel. frār, swift; all perh. akin to Skr. pru, to spring up

Usage

In literature:

Bland) beat another slave (who was a guest at a frolic) when this visitor attempted to draw a pistol on him.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
And as for the Egyptian campaign, it surely was a picnic party, or it was until things got so serious that frolic was supplanted by fear.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
In the midst of our frolic Peter and Sam came on the scene, and as far as Peter was concerned it was indeed a transformation scene.
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
He tumbles about his unwieldy bulk, he plays and frolics in the ocean of the royal bounty.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They had a great frolic over it.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
Perhaps neither of them was a rogue; only a wild pair of Englishmen embarked on a dangerous frolic.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
In Polotzk I had already begun to be considered too old for play, excepting set games or organized frolics.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Perhaps in his sleepiness, he thought it another kind of kitten ready for a frolic.
"A Little Florida Lady" by Dorothy C. Paine
They worked like busy bees, chuckling, whispering and evidently getting considerable fun out of the strange frolic.
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
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In poetry:

"Harum-scarum and happy,
They frolic the whole night through;
Maybe you'll hear them dance, this year
(Though very few mortals do)."
"March" by Nancy Byrd Turner
The sun is low; the paths are wet,
And dance with frolic hail;
The trees—their spring-time is not yet—
Swing sighing in the gale.
"Songs of the Spring Days" by George MacDonald
How comes it that, at even-tide,
When level beams should show most truth,
Man, failing, takes unfailing pride
In memories of his frolic youth?
"To The Companions" by Rudyard Kipling
Thus, thus we live, and spend the hours
In wine and flowers;
And make the frolic year,
The month, the week, the instant day
To stay
The longer here.
"An Ode To Sir Clipsby Crew" by Robert Herrick
But mi mates nivver let me alooan,
Till aw joined i' ther frolics and spree,
An tho' Bessy went short, or had nooan,
Shoo wor kinder nor ivver to me.
"Lamentin' An Repentin'" by John Hartley
The rapt One, of the godlike forehead,
The heaven-eyed creature sleeps in earth:
And Lamb, the frolic and the gentle,
Has vanished from his lonely hearth.
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Brant, Schnabel, Beard Frolic in Andy Land.
South Shore Frolic returns with fireworks but no parade.
Hibbing Winter Frolic Luminary Ski.
Masquerade Theatre fans braved the elements Friday evening to frolic to the funny of the Houston premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center.
Four Seasons Lodge Andrew Jacobs' wistful documentary gives us a glimpse of what may be the final summer frolic of a group of Holocaust survivors who gather each summer at a lodge in the Catskills Mountains of New York.
"Based on a true story," brags The Bank Job before diving into the clear blue water of the Caribbean, where, in 1970, a topless woman frolics with two swimming mates—just another day in paradise.
Police officers in a leprechaun costume will frolic Las Vegas streets to test whether drivers yield to pedestrians.
Cyndy Bragg joined Natasha to talk about ways to add a little fun and frolic to our daily lives.
"Based on a true story," The Bank Job brags before diving into the clear blue water of the Caribbean, where, in 1970, a topless woman frolics with two swimming mates — just another day in Paradise.
She worked for Gregg Funeral Home for several years and retired form Frolic Footwear.
Smok'n Frolic, Passing Shot Square Off Again.
Sophie, 3, from Connecticut, frolics with a water sprinkler set up at the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, rear, in Washington Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Henry Quant, 7, front, who has been on antidepressants for two years, frolics with his brother Roger, 6, in the family's Minneapolis home.
To frolic for hours with the curious mammal.
Brant, Schnabel , Beard Frolic in Andy Land.
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