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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. frivolous act
  • n. state of being frivolous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being frivolous or trifling; insignificance.
  • n. The act or habit of trifling; unbecoming levity of mind or disposition.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • It profitably occupies that time which, if wasted in frivolity and indulgence, leads to the worst consequences; and in teaching others, a double blessing often descends upon the teacher.

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  • I protest to the fact that anyone who has a problem with so much money gone to frivolity is deemed a terrorist by an arrogant politician who has no clue what it’s like tobe underprivileged.

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  • “You may call it frivolity, but it is indeed a festival.”

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  • In the other characters she was the true French girl, full of grace and a mixture of _naïveté_ and cunning, sentiment and frivolity, that is winning and _piquant_, if not satisfying.

    At Home And Abroad Or, Things And Thoughts In America and Europe

  • Amid all the frivolity were the building blocks of a good debate about taxes, public services and the media's long love affair with the alliance's research reports.


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  • In perfect force there is a kind of frivolity, an airiness that can maintain itself in the air.



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  • "Here he anatomizes his worst traits: laziness, nostalgia, gluttony, hypochondria, some essential frivolity of mind that means his writing will always be summed up as “‘brilliant’ – that is, not worth doing”."

    Source: The times Literary supplement

    January 22, 2018

  • “We and our guests will gather in the main hall for a night of well-mannered frivolity.�? - Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    June 17, 2008