frivolity


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

fri·vol·i·ty

 (frĭ-vŏl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. fri·vol·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being frivolous.
2. A frivolous act or thing.

fri•vol•i•ty

(frɪˈvɒl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being frivolous.
2. a frivolous act or thing.
[1790–1800; < French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frivolity - the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
giddiness, silliness - an impulsive scatterbrained manner
levity - a manner lacking seriousness
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"
serious-mindedness, earnestness, seriousness, sincerity - the trait of being serious; "a lack of solemnity is not necessarily a lack of seriousness"- Robert Rice
2.frivolity - something of little value or significance
small beer, trivia, triviality, trifle - something of small importance
3.frivolity - acting like a clown or buffoonfrivolity - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"

frivolity

frivolity

noun
Something or things that are unimportant:
Translations
طَيْش، عدم جَدِّيَّه، اسْتِهْتارعَبَث، تُرَّهَه، تَوافِه
pošetilostpovrchnost
pjankpjankethed
hégómi, einskisverîur hluturléttúî, alvöruleysi
pochabosť
avarelikgönül eğlendirmehavailikhoppalık

frivolity

[frɪˈvɒlɪtɪ] N (gen) → frivolidad f

frivolity

[frɪˈvɒlɪti] nfrivolité f

frivolity

nFrivolität f; (of appearance, writer)unseriöse Art

frivolity

[frɪˈvɒlɪtɪ] nfrivolezza

frivolous

(ˈfrivələs) adjective
not serious; playful. He wasted his time on frivolous pleasures.
ˈfrivolously adverb
ˈfrivolousness noun
friˈvolity (-ˈvo-) nounplural friˈvolities
1. frivolousness. The frivolity of his behaviour.
2. a frivolous action or thought. I have no time for frivolities.
References in classic literature ?
It hath struck me speechless, the frivolity of this person's speech.
For frivolity and jokes and spotted tights were an offense, when they intruded themselves upon a spirit that was exalted into the vague august realm of the romantic.
The ghost of beauty, the ghost of stateliness, the ghost of elegance, the ghost of pride, the ghost of frivolity, the ghost of wit, the ghost of youth, the ghost of age, all waiting their dismissal from the desolate shore, all turning on him eyes that were changed by the death they had died in coming there.
Meaning nothing but a certain matured frivolity and selfishness, not always inseparable from full-blown years, I think she confirmed him in his fear that he was a constraint upon his young wife, and that there was no congeniality of feeling between them, by so strongly commending his design of lightening the load of her life.
The mother looked young, and the daughter looked old; the mother's complexion was pink, and the daughter's was yellow; the mother set up for frivolity, and the daughter for theology.
Pigling Bland was shocked, there was little hope of sleeping in Market Town, and to-morrow was the hiring fair; it was deplorable to think how much time had been wasted by the frivolity of Alexander.
For myself, I can only say that when I read them, so long as I do not stop to think that they are all lies and frivolity, they give me a certain amount of pleasure; but when I come to consider what they are, I fling the very best of them at the wall, and would fling it into the fire if there were one at hand, as richly deserving such punishment as cheats and impostors out of the range of ordinary toleration, and as founders of new sects and modes of life, and teachers that lead the ignorant public to believe and accept as truth all the folly they contain.
Do you know, Lady Caroline, I don't think the frivolity of the wife has ever anything to do with it.
It was a conversational opportunity: everybody could say, "Come, Tim," except Alick, who never relaxed into the frivolity of unnecessary speech.
I am not now writing a treatise, but simply prefacing a somewhat peculiar narrative by observations very much at random; I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess.
I pondered upon all this frivolity until my teeth were on edge.
The trial was presided over by Mr Justice Monkhouse, one of those who are jeered at as humorous judges, but who are generally much more serious than the serious judges, for their levity comes from a living impatience of professional solemnity; while the serious judge is really filled with frivolity, because he is filled with vanity.