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1. Unworthy of serious attention; trivial: a frivolous novel.
2. Inappropriately silly: a frivolous purchase.

[Middle English, probably from Latin frīvolus, of little value, probably from friāre, to crumble.]

friv′o·lous·ly adv.
friv′o·lous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frivolousness - 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"
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(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 ?
Smith this was another evidence of her stupidity; on the other hand, her want of charm, in view of Smith's well-known frivolousness, was a great rec- commendation.
It's interesting, that contrast between the frivolousness implied by femininity and the solemnity that marks a diagnosis of cancer.
425 that would "explicitly require court-appointed appellate counsel and trial courts to follow procedures set forth in Anders v California, 386 US 738 (1967), before allowing counsel for plea-convicted indigent defendants to withdraw from representation based on frivolousness of the appeal.
Here's Gorham on a beloved teacher: "Somewhere in every grown-up there's a scintilla of frivolousness, even unsafe behavior.
This small, brilliantly argued work champions frivolousness and the enjoyable activities that serve no useful purpose as imperative if one hopes to understand art, love, truth, and human dignity.
2004) ("No workable test for frivolousness has been articulated, although courts and judges have tried.
This argument borders on frivolousness, ignoring, as it does, the
We're all busy and it's easy to ignore such frivolousness, but when you consider the consequences of wastefulness and the amount it can hit your pocket, it's worth taking some time to think of some strategies that reduce wastefulness and teach your child some good habits early on.
See Sanford Levinson, The Twenty-First Century Rediscovery of Nullification and Secession in American Political Rhetoric: Frivolousness Incarnate or Serious Arguments to Be Wrestled With?
Romance has always challenged readers to decide whether it is a genre of profound seriousness or enjoyable frivolousness, an indeterminacy that both Spenser and Hawthorne exploit.
Equally important to the limits on fee-shifting bylaws of frivolousness and reasonableness is who decides whether the fees shifted (to either party) are reasonable or the litigation frivolous.
In short, her objection is that the representation of Bridges' character "the Dude" as a Zen master characterizes that designation by frivolousness rather than attainment.