frivol

[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.

Nearby words

  1. fritto misto,
  2. fritz,
  3. friuli,
  4. friuli-venezia giulia,
  5. friulian,
  6. frivolity,
  7. frivolous,
  8. frivolously,
  9. friz,
  10. frizette

Origin of frivol

First recorded in 1865–70; back formation from frivolous

Related formsfriv·ol·er; especially British, friv·ol·ler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for frivol

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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