I searched the meaning of frolic on Google, I found one meaning of frolic is gay. I found it here.

I don't know if this means homosexual man or not.

One more question is the meaning of below sentence.

Their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly.

This is the example given under the definition of frolic. The meaning of this sentence is 'The play in the surf looked like dangerous'?

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    Can you quote the complete definition you found? "Gay" alone is not a synonym for "frolic".
    – The Photon
    Jul 6, 2016 at 1:07
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    Most of the time in a few decades ago, the main meaning of gay would be "happy and excited", and it had nothing to do with homosexuality, AFAIK. Jul 6, 2016 at 1:10
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    So the definition is "gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement", not just "gay". In this definition, "gay" is an adjective describing the kind of activity we call a "frolic", not a complete definition of the word frolic. As Damkerng says, "gay" is used here in the sense of happy, not homosexual.
    – The Photon
    Jul 6, 2016 at 1:17
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it makes an unsupported assumption of what a word might mean.
    – user3169
    Jul 6, 2016 at 4:14

2 Answers 2


Your confusion seems to arise from the definition provided on that site.

n. gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
<their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly>

In this definition, gay does not mean homosexual, but instead it means something like


  1. a : happily excited : merry
    <in a gay mood>
    b : keenly alive and exuberant : having or inducing high spirits
    <a bird's gay spring song>

So, "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly" can mean that their merry activities on the surf could turn ugly.


Their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly.

In this sentence, frolic is used as a noun. Let's look at the definition given by M-W:

1 : a playful or mischievous action

2a : an occasion or scene of fun : party

2b : fun, merriment

We can see that clearly there is nothing to do with a person here so to answer your question "Could 'frolic' mean homosexual guy?". No, frolic does not refer to a person.

Now, that being said, frolic does have a childish or cute connotation. Another example is "prance". People may use these types of words to talk about disdainfully about homosexuals. Example:

Look at those [derogatory term of choice] frolicking around in the park. What a bunch of [derogatory term].

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