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Definition of "frisk" []

  • To move about briskly and playfully; frolic. (verb-intransitive)
  • To search (a person) for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing the hands quickly over clothes or through pockets. (verb-transitive)
  • An energetic, playful movement; a gambol. (noun)
  • The act of frisking. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "frisk" in a sentence
  • "To justify a patdown of the driver or a passenger during a traffic stop, however, just as in the case of a pedestrian reasonably suspected of criminal activity, the police must harbor reasonable suspicion that the person subjected to the frisk is armed and dangerous."
  • "Well, since that was a Fourth Amendment case, and the reasonable suspicion standard has other Fourth Amendment applications, (such as when a Terry v. Ohio type stop and frisk is valid,) the discussion in Brignoni-Ponce would apply to the Fourth Amendment generally."
  • "The frisk is a quick search of an individual for weapons, evidence, or contraband."