1. Playful behavior or merriment: fun and frolic.
2. A playful movement or act.
3. A sexual act or encounter: "his frolics with silver screen divas" (Michael Blaine).
intr.v. frol·icked, frol·ick·ing, frol·ics
1. To move about or behave playfully; romp: dogs frolicking in the park.
2. To engage in lovemaking.
[From Dutch vrolijk, merry, from Middle Dutch vrolijc : vro, happy + -lijc, -like; see līk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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