- 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
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Examples from the Web for frivolousness
Unconsciously he made Thea pay for frivolousness of this sort.Song of the Lark
Frivolousness never goes away from the royal Presence rich with surprises of grace.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
It is better far because our seriousness comes back to dwell with us; and our frivolousness does the same.The Bible and Life
Edwin Holt Hughes
The question whether a spice of frivolousness may not be a safeguard has often risen before me.The Short Works of George Meredith
He had that contempt for all dallying and toying and lightness and frivolousness that hard, serious workers always have.Fresh Fields
- not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; sillya frivolous remark
- unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportantfrivolous details
Word Origin and History for frivolousness
mid-15c., from Latin frivolus "silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle," diminutive of *frivos "broken, crumbled," from friare "break, rub away, crumble." Related: Frivolously; frivolousness.