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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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Examples from the web for frivolously
  • They may also spend the money, frivolously or otherwise as they please.
  • Issues of racism are too serious to be treated frivolously by administrators.
  • The circuit court found that the claim was frivolously brought and dismissed it for failure to state a claim.
  • Because of this, the choice of inserts into the vector cannot be made frivolously.
  • And he has a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of his organization to see that its funds are not wasted or frivolously misspent.
  • Moreover, to a large extent, defendant frivolously moves for information that he has already received in discovery.
  • In ruling on this motion, the circuit court entered no findings on whether the case was frivolously or maliciously brought.
British Dictionary definitions for frivolously

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 frivolously

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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