friskingly

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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