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Friday, September 07, 2012


\ROL-ik\ , verb;
To move or act in a carefree, frolicsome manner; behave in a free, hearty, gay, or jovial way.
Also in old, jolly fishwives, squatted under arches, obscene old women, how deeply they laugh and shake and rollick, when they walk, from side to side, hum, ha!
-- Virginia Woolf, "The String Quartet," Monday or Tuesday: Eight Stories
A deeper ripple of mirth this time and Bronzini was sad for the boy, skinny Alfonse, but did not rebuke them, kept talking, talked over the momentary rollick—skinny sorry Alfonse, grape-stained with tragic acne.
-- Don DeLillo, Underworld
Rollick is a portmanteau of "frolic" and "romp." It arose in the 1820s.
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