v. frisked, frisk·ing, frisks
To search (a person) for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing the hands quickly over clothes or through pockets.
To move about briskly and playfully; frolic.
1. The act of frisking someone.
2. An energetic, playful movement; a gambol.
[From Middle English frisk, lively, from Old French frisque, of Germanic origin.]
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