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Related to frivolously: fuming, ailing, blase, undeterred


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.
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Adv.1.frivolously - in a frivolous manner; "she spends her time frivolously enjoying the easy life of a rich and spoiled girl"
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بِطَيْش، بدون جَدِّيَّـه، باسْتِهْتار
af alvöruleysi, af léttúî


[ˈfrɪvələslɪ] ADVfrívolamente
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advfrivol; remark alsoleichtfertig
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[ˈfrɪvələslɪ] advfrivolamente
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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.
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She thought her too fashionably dressed, frivolously gay and vain.
That I suffered much in these contentions, that they filled me with unhappiness and remorse, and yet that I had a sustaining sense that it was required of me, in right and honour, to keep away from myself, with shame, the thought of turning to the dear girl in the withering of my hopes, from whom I had frivolously turned when they were bright and fresh - which consideration was at the root of every thought I had concerning her - is all equally true.
During the previous period woman, in fashionable circles, had been treated as an elegant toy, of whom nothing was expected but to be frivolously attractive.
Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 Chairman Thomas Fann also felt let down with the recommendation of the panel, saying the complaints made by them were not made frivolously.
The last inspector, a Liberal Democrat, protested that the others were treating the complaint too frivolously.
The last inspector, a Liberal Democrat, protested that the others were treating the complaint too frivolously. He tried to start the engine but after a few rattles it gave a cough and fell mute.
Former Metallurgical Associates, Inc., since rebranded as Old Metallurgical Associates (Old MAI), and Robert Hutchinson, one of Old MAI's two owners, appeal the order denying their motion to reopen the receivership case and the order sanctioning them for frivolously filing it.
Quoting Will Smith, Ahmad said 'too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like' and warned the pupils frivolous spending frivolously and getting into debts.
Instead, it frivolously expresses the uncertainty that these norms deny: The ineliminable uncertainty of who we are; of how much we can control and know; of who, in our relations with others, really has power; indeed, of the very value and purpose of power.
"The president does not have power to act frivolously."
"Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously."
"If Judy was awarded this money, she would not spend it frivolously but on the basic necessities.