Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Frolic


 
WORD OF THE DAY
February 14, 2018
 
 

 
 
 
frolic Audio pronunciation
 
verb | FRAH-lik  
 
Definition
 
:
to amuse oneself : make merry
 
:
to play and run about happily : romp
 
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Frolic 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 ("-ly"). Vro 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."
 
 
Examples of 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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What 4-letter word beginning with "p" is synonymous with the noun frolic and can also refer to a clever trick to get someone to do something?
 
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