- 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
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin frīvolus worthless, trifling; see -ous
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3. idle, silly, foolish, childish, puerile. 4. light, trifling, petty, paltry, trivial, flimsy.
3. serious. 4. weighty.
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Examples from the Web for frivolously
“Then you still would have a chance to marry each other,” I said frivolously.The Love Affairs of an Old Maid
Oh, but we mustn't talk so frivolously when that poor man may be dying.The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays
Laura Lee Hope
You can take it as seriously or as frivolously as you please.
She thought her too fashionably dressed, frivolously gay and vain.War and Peace
I know that you have plenty of money, but that is no reason why you should waste it so frivolously.Dear Enemy
- not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; sillya frivolous remark
- unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportantfrivolous details
C15: from Latin frīvolus silly, worthless
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Word Origin and History for frivolously
mid-15c., from Latin frivolus "silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle," diminutive of *frivos "broken, crumbled," from friare "break, rub away, crumble." Related: Frivolously; frivolousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper