Origin of frivolous
Examples from the Web for frivolous
In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defends the novel against critics who dismiss it as frivolous and feminine.
The 1996 filing (which you can check out here) was, naturally, as silly and frivolous as the boycott push that came before it.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mizell called the Justice Department “arrogant” for bringing this frivolous case to the court.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This is silly in its context but serious in its purpose, it is not frivolous,” Pelosi says.Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You|Eleanor Clift|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blogging is a lifestyle agenda that can pay the bills, it becomes a serious business of frivolous things.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star|Arabelle Sicardi|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was free to exclude from the meeting on arbitrary and even on frivolous grounds.A History of American Christianity|Leonard Woolsey Bacon
But that was the frivolous set, to which Lady Blakeney had never belonged.The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
If he were asked to read prayers in French the idea would seem to him incongruous, a mingling of frivolous with sacred things.Human Intercourse|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
If you knew that frivolous world as I do, perhaps you would consider yourself less unfortunate to live in a hole.The White House (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XII)|Charles Paul de Kock
He looked down upon his companions and the school life generally as silly and frivolous.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for frivolous
Word Origin for frivolous
Word Origin and History for frivolous
mid-15c., from Latin frivolus "silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle," diminutive of *frivos "broken, crumbled," from friare "break, rub away, crumble." Related: Frivolously; frivolousness.