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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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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.

    The Horsewoman A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed.

  • 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.

    Happy Birthday to...

  • Well, wherever you are you absolutely must have a little frivol because don't you think life just gets too serious sometimes?

    Happy Birthday to...

  • 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?

    Antipodean Gifts

  • I've also gained a frog and a lizard for the frivol corner on my desk.

    Antipodean Gifts

  • Yet if this be frivolity, some therapists say, frivol on.

    A Pocketful Of Miracles

  • My desk frivol corner is getting crowded, snuggled up and cosy next to Jane Austen is a Norwegian Troll.

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  • BLOOM: (WITH A SOUR TENDERISH SMILE) A little frivol, shall we, if you are so inclined?

    Ulysses

  • They do not frivol about with paper cups and dabs of mustard.

    Murder Without Icing

  • "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.

    Fantastic Voyage

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