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[friv-uh l] /ˈfrɪv əl/ Informal.
verb (used without object), frivoled, frivoling or (especially British) frivolled, frivolling.
to behave frivolously; trifle.
verb (used with object), frivoled, frivoling or (especially British) frivolled, frivolling.
to spend frivolously (usually followed by away):
to frivol away one's time.
Origin of frivol
First recorded in 1865-70; back formation from frivolous
Related forms
frivoler; especially British, frivoller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for frivol
Historical Examples
  • We will even chatter and frivol, if Mr. Frohman will repeat the operation.

  • Then you wouldn't let me practice; you told me to frivol, I remember.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • I was not put here in the world to frivol through a life of gross pleasure.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • My capacity for frivol has died a violent death, and I feel all ‘out of the picture’ in a ballroom.

    A Question of Marriage Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Lamb would have understood him and laughed with him, for he loved to frivol and play the fool in the same vein.

  • So frivolous time wore on, and Barty found it pleasant to frivol in such pleasant company—very pleasant indeed!

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • They frivol en masse, and to do it they naturally choose the sea-beach as a habitat.

  • Of course, I like sensible conversation; one feels humiliated if a man does nothing but frivol, but there is a happy medium.

    The Heart of Una Sackville Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for frivol


verb (informal) -ols, -olling, -olled (US) -ols, -oling, -oled
(intransitive) to behave frivolously; trifle
(transitive) often foll by away. to waste on frivolous pursuits
Derived Forms
frivoller, (US) frivoler, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from frivolous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for frivol



To behave frivolously; jape and frolic: I wish I could frivol away my summer (1866+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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