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frivol

[ friv-uhl ]
/ ˈfrɪv əl /
Informal.
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verb (used without object), friv·oled, friv·ol·ing or (especially British) friv·olled, friv·ol·ling.

to behave frivolously; trifle.

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

to spend frivolously (usually followed by away): to frivol away one's time.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for frivol

frivol
/ (ˈfrɪvəl) /

verb -ols, -olling or -olled or US -ols, -oling or -oled informal

(intr) to behave frivolously; trifle
(tr often foll by away) to waste on frivolous pursuits

Derived forms of frivol

frivoller or US frivoler, noun

Word Origin for frivol

C19: back formation from frivolous
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