American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To behave frivolously.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make void; annul; set aside.
- To behave frivolously; indulge in gaiety or levity.
- v. intransitive To behave frivolously.
- v. intransitive To trifle.
- n. An unserious person; a shallow person.
- n. An idle diversion or pastime; a frivolity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To act frivolously; to trifle.
- v. act frivolously
- From French frivole, from Latin frīvolus ("trifling, worthless") (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from frivolous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the usual discretion is observed in the choice of a companion for a young lady going to and returning from a hunt, she would have far less opportunity for "frivol," than in any ordinary ball room or theatre.”
“So if you fancy having a frivol and being two years old again, names in comments and we'll have a good old fashioned prize draw if it turns out that more than ten people in the whole world can prove they are as young as me.”
“Well, wherever you are you absolutely must have a little frivol because don't you think life just gets too serious sometimes?”
“There's been trouble over in the desk frivol corner already, Jane "Crocky Dundee" Austen has her hands full and will that pen be as mighty as a sword?”
“I've also gained a frog and a lizard for the frivol corner on my desk.”
“Yet if this be frivolity, some therapists say, frivol on.”
“My desk frivol corner is getting crowded, snuggled up and cosy next to Jane Austen is a Norwegian Troll.”
“BLOOM: (WITH A SOUR TENDERISH SMILE) A little frivol, shall we, if you are so inclined?”
“They do not frivol about with paper cups and dabs of mustard.”
“Oh, if you could only frivol," he breathed, and fortunately she didn't hear him, or, at least, showed no signs of having done so.”
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