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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 of frivolous
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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  • I knew them but by that collective and unpractical—many persons would have said that frivolous—name; which saw me little further.

  • This prevented our table from getting the reputation of being funny or frivolous.

  • She visits me in my room and insists upon talking her frivolous nonsense until my head aches.

  • None but the frivolous or the indolent will say, “I am too old to learn.”

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • It is a frivolous, jumpy little tune, not at all the grave, dignified measure one would expect on such an occasion.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life Mary Alsop King Waddington
British Dictionary definitions for frivolous

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 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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