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frivolous

[friv-uh-luh s] /ˈfrɪv ə ləs/
adjective
1.
characterized by lack of seriousness or sense:
frivolous conduct.
2.
self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.
3.
(of a person) given to trifling or undue levity:
a frivolous, empty-headed person.
4.
of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice:
a frivolous suggestion.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin frīvolus worthless, trifling; see -ous
Related forms
frivolously, adverb
frivolousness, noun
unfrivolous, adjective
unfrivolously, adverb
unfrivolousness, noun
Can be confused
frivolity, frivolousness.
Synonyms
3. idle, silly, foolish, childish, puerile. 4. light, trifling, petty, paltry, trivial, flimsy.
Antonyms
3. serious. 4. weighty.
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British Dictionary definitions for frivolousness

frivolous

/ˈfrɪvələs/
adjective
1.
not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; silly: a frivolous remark
2.
unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportant: frivolous details
Derived Forms
frivolously, adverb
frivolousness, frivolity (frɪˈvɒlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin frīvolus silly, worthless
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Word Origin and History for frivolousness

frivolous

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin frivolus "silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle," diminutive of *frivos "broken, crumbled," from friare "break, rub away, crumble." Related: Frivolously; frivolousness.

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