from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being frisky; briskness; liveliness; frolic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun State or quality of being frisky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The characteristic or quality of being frisky

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun lively high-spirited playfulness


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  • The brother-in-law eyed her with bewildered disapproval, and in the disjointed accents peculiar to surprise was heard to make use of the words "friskiness" and "gallivanting" and "old enough to know better."

    A Master Of Craft

  • My Uncle Bill was in that condition which is peculiarly apt to manifest itself in the youth of well-conducted families on Sunday evenings, – a kind of friskiness of spirits which appears to be a reactionary state from the spiritual tension of the day, inclining him to skirmish round on all the borders and outskirts of permitted pleasantry, and threatening every minute to burst out into most unbecoming uproariousness.

    Oldtown Folks

  • His worshippers even feel it necessary to gird at characters deficient in sensual passion with a friskiness which is a little amusing when you connect it with the spectacles and the blameless life of a learned professor.

    Lectures and Essays

  • Guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Joey Baron drive Mr. Konitz to play with much more urgency and friskiness than I've heard in a while.

    Visionaries on a Mission

  • Of being powerful enough to challenge Dominique Strauss Kahn's friskiness.

    Tiloma Jayasinghe, Esq.: DSK: The Silencing Effect

  • She's the intellectual equal of the aspiring senator, and as she teases him for eyeing her legs or dunks his BlackBerry in his coffee, she brings out the charismatic friskiness that he has submerged for the campaign.

    Dance's starring role in 'The Adjustment Bureau'

  • Here's hoping most of it happens in the hot tub, because commitment-phobe or not, Brad the Bod is jacked and Mondays could use some more fleshy friskiness, mmkay?

    Watercooler: Does The Bachelor Deserve a Second Chance?

  • Of being powerful enough to challenge Dominique Strauss Kahn's friskiness.

    Tiloma Jayasinghe, Esq.: DSK: The Silencing Effect

  • Here, too, is a lighthearted musical comedy that celebrates the energy and romantic friskiness of rural folk - "The Bright Stream" takes place on a Soviet farm collective of the same name.

    A 'Bright Stream' to channel fun

  • The CR-Z has a friskiness about it that is reminiscent of the original CRX, but with a lot more refinement and less interior noise.

    Behind the wheel: 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid


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