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
Rumors swirled on the ticket line that protesters were being bussed in and
  festival-goers were being frisked.
They have long believed it's no coincidence that so many of them have been
  stopped and frisked by police for no apparent reason.
We couldn't decide who should get frisked at the airport.
The officer stopped all three, questioned what they were doing in the area,
  then frisked them.
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