from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being frivolous.
  • noun A frivolous act or thing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or quality of being frivolous or trifling; insignificance.
  • noun The act or habit of trifling; unbecoming levity of mind or disposition.
  • noun Synonyms Lightness, Volatility, etc. (see levity) ; triviality, puerility, trifling. Frivolity, Frivolousness. Frivolity of character or conduct; frivolousness of an excuse, a pretext, an argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or quality of being frivolous; also, acts or habits of trifling; unbecoming levity of disposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun frivolous act
  • noun state of being frivolous

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

  • noun acting like a clown or buffoon
  • noun something of little value or significance
  • noun the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible


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