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verb (used without object),friv·oled, friv·ol·ing or (especially British) friv·olled, friv·ol·ling.
  1. to behave frivolously; trifle.

verb (used with object),friv·oled, friv·ol·ing or (especially British) friv·olled, friv·ol·ling.
  1. 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

Other words from frivol

  • friv·ol·er; especially British, friv·ol·ler, noun

Words Nearby frivol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frivol in a sentence

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

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • That's Mademoiselle frivol, and she's appearin' in a new character.

    The Guinea Stamp | Annie S. Swan
  • 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


/ (ˈfrɪvəl) /

verb-ols, -olling or -olled or US -ols, -oling or -oled informal
  1. (intr) to behave frivolously; trifle

  2. (tr often foll by away) to waste on frivolous pursuits

Origin of frivol

C19: back formation from frivolous

Derived forms of frivol

  • frivoller or US frivoler, noun

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