[ friv-uh-luhs ]
/ ˈfrɪv ə ləs /


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

Related forms

Can be confused

frivolity frivolousness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frivolous


/ (ˈfrɪvələs) /


not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; sillya frivolous remark
unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportantfrivolous details

Derived Forms

frivolously, adverbfrivolousness or frivolity (frɪˈvɒlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for frivolous

C15: from Latin frīvolus silly, worthless
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