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Definition of frisk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    frisk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//frɪsk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪsk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they frisk
    BrE BrE//frɪsk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪsk//
     
    he / she / it frisks
    BrE BrE//frɪsks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪsks//
     
    past simple frisked
    BrE BrE//frɪskt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪskt//
     
    past participle frisked
    BrE BrE//frɪskt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//frɪskt//
     
    -ing form frisking
    BrE BrE//ˈfrɪskɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪskɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] frisk somebody to pass your hands over somebody’s body to search them for hidden weapons, drugs, etc.
  2. 2[intransitive] frisk (around) (of animals) to run and jump in a lively and happy way synonym gambol, skip Lambs frisked in the fields.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent. (in sense (2)): from obsolete frisk ‘lively, frisky’, from Old French frisque ‘alert, lively, merry’, perhaps of Germanic origin. Sense (1), originally a slang term, dates from the late 18th cent.
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