frolicsome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj frolicsome given to merry frolicking "frolicsome students celebrated their graduation with parties and practical jokes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Frolicsome Full of gayety and mirth; given to pranks; sportive. "Old England, who takes a frolicsome brain fever once every two or three years, for the benefit of her doctors."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frolicsome Full of gaiety and mirth; given to pranks; sportive.
    • frolicsome Synonyms Gay. frisky, lively, playful, coltish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Frolicsome gay: sportive
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. vrolijk, merry; cf. Ger. fröhlich, joyful, gay.

Usage

In literature:

Dance along out, that's a dear man, and if you want to be frolicsome, keep to the paths.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
His good spirits frisked about the table like a troupe of frolicsome puppies.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The paintings are almost frolicsome.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
Miss Tyler gracefully revised it for us, and made it appear as a somewhat gay and frolicsome time.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Marjorie pounced upon her like a frolicsome puppy.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Mr. and Mrs. Fryback, Marshal Crow and the amiable Foxes discussed the "points" of the frolicsome puppies in the rear of the hardware store.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
It is not so frolicsome as many of its fellows, but it impresses me as typical of its sender.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Now, I promise you, that never such a frolicsome priest did you know as this one who has come to our priory.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
But the frolicsome wind slapped him in the face, and choked him, and he fled before it to the shelter of the woods.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Mebbe you'll need to wash every day if kids is frolicsome.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Thus should the roses,
Fortune discloses,
Wisely be gather'd ere Youth fades away ;
Timely remember
Gloomy December,
Treads on the frolicsome footsteps of May.
"Song I" by Laura Sophia Temple
Fairy windflower, wood anemones,
Delicate company under the trees,
Snowflake ruffled by a merryfoot breeze,
Frolicsome singing aërial glees,
Frail white stars of the wildwood!
"Early April" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
An almost solemn woman-child,
Not fashioned frolicsome and wild,
She had more love than glee;
And now, though nine and nothing more,
Another little child she bore,
Almost as big as she.
"The Child-Mother" by George MacDonald
But little doth she deem
The love of field or stream—
She is frolicsome and lightsome as the roe;
She is here and she is there,
On the earth or in the air,
Ever changing, floats the Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"No Winters now, my little Maid,
Like those that used to come,
Making our Christmas sparkle, bright
As crystallized plum-cake at night,
And Frost his Puck-like trickeries played,
With fancies frolicsome.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
They were strolling together up the hill,
Where the wind came blowing merry and chill;
And it blew the curls, a frolicsome race,
All over the happy peach-colored face.
Till, scolding and laughing, she tied them in,
Under her beautiful, dimpled chin.
"The Love-Knot" by Nora Perry

In news:

In keeping with 19th Century conventions for Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fledermaus," Syracuse University Opera Theatre director Eric Johnson staged a frolicsome, ribald, slapstick production in which local, insider humor abounds.
Sinopoli dance a bit of frolicsome fun to see at your local playground.
Aw, look at those frisky, frolicsome creatures up there, in their bright tufted costumes and motley makeup.
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