AskDefine | Define frisk

Dictionary Definition

frisk n : the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs [syn: frisking]


1 play boisterously; "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the playroom" [syn: frolic, lark, rollick, skylark, disport, sport, cavort, gambol, romp, run around, lark about]
2 search as for concealed weapons by running the hands rapidly over the clothing and through the pockets; "The police frisked everyone at the airport"

User Contributed Dictionary






lively; brisk; frolicsome


  1. A frolic; a fit of wanton gayety; a gambol: a little playful skip or leap.


  1. To search somebody by feeling their clothes.
    The police frisked the suspiciously acting individual and found a knife as well as a bag of marijuana.
    • Usage note: The word frisk is slightly informal compared to search.


search somebody by feeling their clothes




  1. healthy
  2. fresh; refreshing
    friska luften = (the) fresh air

Extensive Definition

Frisk can refer to different things including:


frisk in German: Frisk
frisk in Norwegian: Frisk
frisk in Swedish: Frisk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amble, antic, beat the bushes, bob, bounce, burrow, canter, caper, capriole, caracole, carol, carry on, cavort, check out, chirp, chirrup, clap hands, curvet, cut a dido, cut capers, cut up, dance, delight, delve, dido, dig, disport, domiciliary visit, dragnet, examine, exploration, explore, exult, falcade, fan, flounce, fool around, forage, frolic, gallop, gambade, gambado, gambol, glory, go on horseback, go over, go through, hack, horse around, house-search, hunt, hunting, inspect, joy, jubilate, jump about, leap, lilt, look around, look round, look through, lope, mount, nose around, pace, perquisition, piaffe, play, poke, poke around, posse, prance, probe, pry, quest, ramp, ransacking, rejoice, research, revel, ride bareback, ride hard, rollick, romp, root, rummage, search, search party, search through, search warrant, search-and-destroy operation, searching, shake down, sing, skip, skip for joy, smell around, sport, stalk, stalking, still hunt, take horse, tittup, trip, trot, turning over, whistle
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