frivolous

[ friv-uh-luhs ]
/ ˈfrɪv ə ləs /

adjective

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.

QUIZZES

HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
anchorite

Origin of frivolous

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin frīvolus worthless, trifling; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM frivolous

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH frivolous

frivolity frivolousness
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for frivolousness

British Dictionary definitions for frivolousness

frivolous
/ (ˈfrɪvələs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of frivolous

frivolously, adverbfrivolousness or frivolity (frɪˈvɒlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for frivolous

C15: from Latin frīvolus silly, worthless
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012