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ˈfrɪv ə ləsfriv·o·lous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frivolousadjective

    not serious in content or attitude or behavior

    "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"


  1. frivolousadjective

    Silly, especially at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate manner.

  2. frivolousadjective

    Of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight.

  3. Etymology: From frivolus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRIVOLOUSadjective

    Slight; trifling; of no moment.

    Etymology: frivolus, Latin; frivole, Fr.

    It is frivolous to say we ought not to use bad ceremonies of the church of Rome, and presume all such bad as it pleaseth themselves to dislike. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 4.

    These seem very frivolous and fruitless; for, by the breach of them, little damage can come to the commonwealth. Edmund Spenser.

    She tam’d the brinded lioness,
    And spotted mountain pard; but set at nought
    The frivolous bolt of Cupid. John Milton.

    Those things which now seem frivolous and slight,
    Will be of serious consequence to you,
    When they have made you once ridiculous. Wentworth Dillon.

    All the impeachments in Greece and Rome seem to have agreed in a notion they had of being concerned, in point of honour, to condemn whatever person they impeached, however frivolous the articles, or however weak the surmises, whereon they were to proceed in their proofs. Jonathan Swift.

    I will not defend any mistake, and do not think myself obliged to answer every frivolous objection. Arbuthnot.


  1. frivolous

    Frivolous refers to something that is not having any serious purpose or value, lacking in seriousness or importance, or characterized by lack of seriousness or sense. It can also mean carefree and not serious, often associated with things that are unnecessary or trivial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frivolousadjective

    of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight; as, a frivolous argument

  2. Frivolousadjective

    given to trifling; marked with unbecoming levity; silly; interested especially in trifling matters

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frivolous

    friv′ol-us, adj. trifling: silly.—n. Frivol′ity, act or habit of trifling: levity.—adv. Friv′olously.—n. Friv′olousness. [Fr. frivole—L. frivolus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frivolous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frivolous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of frivolous in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Vaughan from the Center:

    We don't want to turn away people who are genuinely in danger but we know from experience that most of the people that are arriving at our border are not in that category. We have to find an effective way to deter frivolous or opportunist asylum-seekers.

  2. Angela Carter:

    I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.

  3. Elijah Cummings:

    The Trump Administration has demonstrated repeatedly that it is willing to disregard the Constitution, defy decades of clear precedent, and invent frivolous new arguments to delay and obstruct Congress' oversight authority, and Attorney General( William) Barr and Secretary( Wilbur) Ross are complicit in this cover-up, both Secretary Ross and Attorney Attorney General -LRB- William -RRB- Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress.

  4. Jillian Lane:

    It seems that The Florida Bar, by Rules Regulating, is required to investigate even the most frivolous of complaints.

  5. Jessica Levinson:

    These cases are an easy way for judges to show judicial independence, these cases are so frivolous.

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