noun, plural lev·i·ties.

lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
an instance or exhibition of this.
lightness in weight.

Nearby words

  1. levites,
  2. levitical,
  3. levitically,
  4. leviticus,
  5. levittown,
  6. levkas,
  7. levkosia,
  8. levkás,
  9. levo,
  10. levo-

Origin of levity

1555–65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi(s) light + -tās -ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for levity


noun plural -ties

inappropriate lack of seriousness
fickleness or instability
archaic lightness in weight

Word Origin for levity

C16: from Latin levitās lightness, from levis light

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Word Origin and History for levity



"want of seriousness, frivolity," 1560s, from Latin levitatem (nominative levitas) "lightness, frivolity," from levis "light" in weight (see lever) + -ity.

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