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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

frivol

\FRIV-uhl\ , verb;
1.
to behave frivolously; trifle.
2.
to spend frivolously (usually followed by away): to frivol away one's time.
Quotes:
Why waste time with costly courtship? Why frivol? Why fuss?
-- Robert William Chambers, The Green Mouse, 1910
My friend kept his countenance admirably; and well he might, for five minutes later we arrived, always by the purest of chances, at a place where we could play cards, and also frivol with Louisiana State Lottery tickets.
-- Rudyard Kipling, From Sea to Sea, 1889
Origin:
Frivol is a back formation of the word frivolous which arose in the 1860s. Frivolous comes from the Latin word frīvolus meaning "worthless."
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