[friv-uh l]Informal.

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.

Origin of frivol

First recorded in 1865–70; back formation from frivolous
Related formsfriv·ol·er; especially British, friv·ol·ler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frivol

Historical Examples of frivol

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for frivol


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 Formsfrivoller or US frivoler, noun

Word Origin for frivol

C19: back formation from frivolous
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