• (British) IPA: /ˈfɹɒlɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɹɑːlɪk/


  1. (now rare) Merry, joyous, full of mirth; later especially, frolicsome, sportive, full of playful mischief. [from 1530s]
    • 1645, John Milton, “L’Allegro” in Poems, London: Humphrey Moseley, p. 31,
      The frolick wind that breathes the Spring,
      Zephyr with Aurora playing,
      As he met her once a Maying
      There on Beds of Violets blew,
    • 1682, Edmund Waller, “Of Love” in Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, London: H. Herringman, 5th edition, 1686, p. 73,
      For women, born to be controul’d,
      Stoop to the forward and the bold,
      Affect the haughty and the proud,
      The gay, the frollick, and the loud.
  2. (obsolete, rare) Free; liberal; bountiful; generous.

frolic (frolics, present participle frolicking; past and past participle frolicked)

  1. (intransitive) To make merry; to have fun; to romp; to behave playfully and uninhibitedly. [from 1580s]
    We saw the lambs frolicking in the meadow.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To cause to be merry.
Translations Noun

frolic (plural frolics)

  1. Gaiety; merriment. [from 1610s]
    • 1832-1888, Louisa May Alcott
      the annual jubilee […] filled the souls of old and young with visions of splendour, frolic and fun.
    • 2012 (original 1860), Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun - Page 276:
      By the old-fashioned magnificence of this procession, it might worthily have included his Holiness in person, with a suite of attendant Cardinals, if those sacred dignitaries would kindly have lent their aid to heighten the frolic of the Carnival.
  2. A playful antic.
    • He would be at his frolic once again.
  3. (obsolete, chiefly, US) A social gathering.
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