Origin of friskMiddle English from Old French frisque from Old High German frisc, new, cheerful, lively: see fresh
- a lively, playful movement; frolic; gambol
- Informal the act or an instance of frisking a person
- to move in a playful, lively manner: the colt frisked its tail
- to search (a person) as for concealed weapons or stolen articles by passing the hands quickly over the person's clothing
verbfrisked, frisk·ing, frisks
- The act of frisking someone.
- An energetic, playful movement; a gambol.
Origin of friskFrom Middle English frisk lively from Old French frisque of Germanic origin
(third-person singular simple present frisks, present participle frisking, simple past and past participle frisked)
- The term frisk is slightly less formal than search.
From Middle English frisk, from Old French frisque (“lively, jolly, blithe, fine, spruce, gay”), of Germanic origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch frisc (“fresh”) or Old High German frisc (“fresh”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (“fresh”). Cognate with Icelandic frískur (“frisky, fresh”). More at fresh.
Alternative etymology derives frisk from an alteration (due to Old French fresche (“fresh”)) of Old French fricque, frique (“smart, strong, playful, bright”), from Gothic [script?] (friks, “greedy, hungry”), from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, *frakaz (“greedy, active”), from Proto-Indo-European *preg- (“greedy, fierce”). Cognate with Middle Dutch vrec (“greedy, avaricious”), German frech (“insolent”), Old English frec (“greedy, eager, bold, daring, dangerous”). More at freak.
frisk - Legal Definition
- To search another for a weapon or contraband.
- The search of another for a weapon or contraband. See also search.