- characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct.
- self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.
- (of a person) given to trifling or undue levity: a frivolous, empty-headed person.
- of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a frivolous suggestion.
Origin of frivolous
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Examples from the Web for frivolous
In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defends the novel against critics who dismiss it as frivolous and feminine.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
The 1996 filing (which you can check out here) was, naturally, as silly and frivolous as the boycott push that came before it.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’
November 20, 2014
Mizell called the Justice Department “arrogant” for bringing this frivolous case to the court.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
“This is silly in its context but serious in its purpose, it is not frivolous,” Pelosi says.Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
August 1, 2014
Blogging is a lifestyle agenda that can pay the bills, it becomes a serious business of frivolous things.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star
July 12, 2014
He is a gay, light, frivolous young fellow, and will only smile in your face.Tanglewood Tales
But her son,—her son was the great object of all her thoughts, serious or frivolous.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Frivolous you are, and love to be, undoubtedly; but you must have some heart.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And if you only knew how ignorant and frivolous these women are, despite all their conceit!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But then you always were rather—well, frivolous, weren't you?Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; sillya frivolous remark
- unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportantfrivolous details
Word Origin and History for frivolous
mid-15c., from Latin frivolus "silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle," diminutive of *frivos "broken, crumbled," from friare "break, rub away, crumble." Related: Frivolously; frivolousness.