[ad_1] verb (used without object)
  1. to dance, leap, skip, or gambol; frolic: The dogs and children frisked about on the lawn.

verb (used with object)

  1. to search (a person) for concealed weapons, contraband goods, etc., by feeling the person’s clothing: The police frisked both of the suspects.


  1. a leap, skip, or caper.
  2. a frolic or gambol.
  3. the act of frisking a person.


  1. (intr) to leap, move about, or act in a playful manner; frolic
  2. (tr) (esp of animals) to whisk or wave brisklythe dog frisked its tail
  3. (tr)
    1. to search (someone) by feeling for concealed weapons, etc
    2. to rob by searching in this way


  1. a playful antic or movement; frolic
  2. the act or an instance of frisking a person

1510s, “to dance, frolic,” from Middle English frisk “lively” (mid-15c.), from Middle French frisque “lively, brisk,” from Old French frisque “fresh, new; merry, animated” (13c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch vrisch “fresh,” Old High German frisc “lively;” see fresh (adj.1)). Sense of “pat down in a search” first recorded 1781. Related: Frisked; frisking. As a noun from 1520s.


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