frisk

[frisk]
verb (used without object)
1.
to dance, leap, skip, or gambol; frolic: The dogs and children frisked about on the lawn.
verb (used with object)
2.
to search (a person) for concealed weapons, contraband goods, etc., by feeling the person's clothing: The police frisked both of the suspects.
noun
3.
a leap, skip, or caper.
4.
a frolic or gambol.
5.
the act of frisking a person.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English, as adj. < Middle French frisque, perhaps a spelling variant (with mute s) of fri(c)que lively, smart < Germanic (compare Middle Dutch vrec, Old High German freh avaricious, Middle High German vrech brave, German frech insolent); or < Middle French (Flanders) frisque < Middle Dutch frisc fresh

frisker, noun
friskingly, adverb
unfrisking, adjective
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frisk (frɪsk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to leap, move about, or act in a playful manner; frolic
2.  (tr) (esp of animals) to whisk or wave briskly: the dog frisked its tail
3.  (tr)
 a.  to search (someone) by feeling for concealed weapons, etc
 b.  to rob by searching in this way
 
n
4.  a playful antic or movement; frolic
5.  the act or an instance of frisking a person
 
[C16: from Old French frisque, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frisc lively, fresh]
 
'frisker
 
n
 
'friskingly
 
adv

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frisk
1510s, "to dance, frolic," from M.Fr. frisque "lively, brisk," possibly from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. vrisch "fresh"). Sense of "pat down in a search" first recorded 1781. Related: Frisked; frisking.
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Example sentences
The third helps the participant to learn proper decontamination frisking
  techniques.
Cops started watching him, following him, frisking him.
After frisking him, the agents told him to get dressed.
He also showed a frisking probe that is being designed to work with a palm
  pilot.
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