Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To behave or move in a carefree, frolicsome manner; romp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To behave in a playful or carefree manner; to frolic or romp

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move in a careless, swaggering manner, with a frolicsome air; swagger; be jovial in behavior.

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

  • v. play boisterously

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Presumably a blend of roll and frolic; appeared 1811 as rollicking, 1826 as rollick. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those of you who remember my "Memorize A Book To Keep Alive In The Post-Apocalyptic World" thread may be interested in rollick's current question:

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  • Getty Images Rose Sloan of River Forest, Ill., misspelled the word "rollick" at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel Thursday.

    Meet the Bees

  • The ref fails to notice and dimisses the appeals for a penalty.45+1 min: After a bout of Norwich possession, Spurs retrieve the ball and rollick forward.

    Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur – as it happened | Paul Doyle

  • Those five chapters were the start of her children's debut Fly By Night, a rumbustiously imagined rollick through the adventures of the black-eyed orphan Mosca Mye and her pugilistic goose Saracen.

    Frances Hardinge: a bucketful of whimsy

  • This is the band that grumbles along with the desperate yet careless fortitude that it takes to make the unbearable elements of existence become compressed into a four-minute rollick that imparts both malaise and joy.

    Angora Holly Polo: The Problem of Leisure: Special UMS 2010 Edition

  • The spiritual "Stand by Me" opens as a minimalist meditation, with the vocalist's falsetto set against t he shimmer of Greg Leisz's pedal-steel guitar — but then the piano begins to rollick and a chorus swoops in with prayer-meeting fervor.

    Rebuilding in the City

  • In Act III, Scene II, left alone on stage after one of the blissful scenes featuring two of the young couples (Elizabeth and Clerval, Safie and Felix), they rollick through a pun-filled dialogue about a "beehive cap" that Fritz was supposed to bring his wife from "the milliner's at Geneva," a set piece that is followed by an obviously lively vocal duet.

    Novel into Drama and onto the Stage

  • We see Kassim rollick with his new half-American child, who worships him, "My Daddy is stronger than your Daddy!"

    Karin Badt: Child Soldiers on Film: "Kassim the Dream" (I)

  • Yes, it was hypocritical of Sarah Palin to pretend that she likes to gussy herself up at thrift stores and make shoes out of moose remains then rollick around in the empress's new clothes.

    Karin Tanabe: It's Not Just Palin in Designer Duds

  • - Sam, the "hero" of Brazil, staving off the evil bureaucracy by playing their own game, as gotten by rollick.

    Worst. Amusement Park. Ever.

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  • "the buoys that rollick in the bay
    they show the way, they show the way..."

    December 20, 2006