+0
Hello, teachers!

Could you please tell me if these verbs are all OK are natural?

1. See the children playing/sporting/frolicking on the lawn.
2. The bullies claimed that no harm was intended; they were just [teasing, sporting with] their victim.

Thank you very much.
+0
You could say a man is sporting a carnation on his lapel, but of course it has nothing to do with sports!
+0
We rarely sport or frolic in BrE...

So I'd agree with CJ's choices, Jandi!

MrP
Edit: No, that's not quite true, on 2nd thoughts.

Our tabloid stories of celebrity hanky-panky often use the word 'frolic' to mean a brief, uncomplicated relationship between a man and a woman. So not quite the context we want here.
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Comments  
The verb "sport" does not occur much in American English. Maybe it's more of a British expression. To me, "to frolic" is also a rather rarely heard verb. "playing on the lawn" and "teasing their victim" are the most usual phrases among those you suggest.

CJ
 pieanne's reply was promoted to an answer.
 MrPedantic's reply was promoted to an answer.
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Yes, the concept of frolicking in the more innocent sense is needed here, but in that sense, "frolic" is just a silly old verb, don't you think? Is it even possible to frolic in today's complex world? I think of young foxes or kittens when I think of frolicking. I don't know why.

Emotion: smile
Thank you, my great teachers!
Enjoy the birds twittering of spring....

Emotion: smile