from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To behave frivolously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To behave frivolously.
  • v. To trifle.
  • n. An unserious person; a shallow person.
  • n. An idle diversion or pastime; a frivolity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To act frivolously; to trifle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Frivolous.
  • To make void; annul; set aside.
  • To behave frivolously; indulge in gaiety or levity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act frivolously


Back-formation from frivolous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French frivole, from Latin frīvolus ("trifling, worthless") (Wiktionary)


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