Frisk Definition

frĭsk
frisked, frisking, frisks
verb
frisked, frisking, frisks
To move in a playful, lively manner.
The colt frisked its tail.
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To dance or move about in a playful, lively manner; frolic.
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To search (a person) as for concealed weapons or stolen articles by passing the hands quickly over the person's clothing.
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noun
frisks
The act or an instance of frisking a person.
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A lively, playful movement; frolic; gambol.
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To search another for a weapon or contraband.
Webster's New World Law

The search of another for a weapon or contraband. See also search.

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adjective
Lively; frisky.
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Origin of Frisk

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English frisk lively from Old French frisque of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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