is a playful word with a happy history. It traces back to the Dutch word vroolijk
("merry"), which in turn evolved from a Middle Dutch combination of vro
("happy") and the adjectival suffix -lijc
is related to the Old Frisian
and Old High German fro
, which also means "happy." (It is also a distant relative of Old English frogga
, from which Modern English derived frog
.) When frolic
first entered English in the early-mid 16th century, it was used as an
adjective meaning "merry" or "full of fun." The verb came into use by
the end of that century, followed a few decades later by a noun use, as
in "an evening of fun and frolic."
"Every year, Trolley Dances takes us on a unique journey.… Audiences
are introduced to new, site-specific dance performances at stops along
the trolley line…. In years past, for instance, dancers have frolicked in public fountains, executed seductive tango moves in a narrow alley and rolled down grassy slopes."
— Marcia Manna, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sept. 2017
"When we ask our viewers to send us photos of the snow, we always get
the usual—kids, dogs, porches—but this year, one viewer stepped it up a
notch. Oak Island resident Wendy Brumagin was able to capture a
beautiful, and what some might consider rare, image of a coyote frolicking in the snow."
— ABC11.com (Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina), 8 Jan. 2018
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