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frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Simple Definition of frivolous

  • : not important : not deserving serious attention

  • : silly and not serious

Full Definition of frivolous

  1. 1 a :  of little weight or importance b :  having no sound basis (as in fact or law) <a frivolous lawsuit>

  2. 2 a :  lacking in seriousness b :  marked by unbecoming levity

friv·o·lous·ly adverb
friv·o·lous·ness noun

Examples of frivolous

  1. She knew that people might think her frivolous, Kitty said, to talk to some saint when she had a cooking disaster, but that was what she really believed the saints were there for. —Alice Munro, New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2001

  2. As the Explorer quickly became the most popular SUV of all time … a number of lawsuits concerning the Firestone tires were filed, the first in 1992. But Ford and Firestone, like most companies in today's … society, tend to assume that the bulk of legal actions are frivolous. —Daniel Eisenberg, Time, 11 Sept. 2000

  3. There is no frivolous decoration, no canned music, nothing but the essentials—well-worn cutlery and table linen, unpretentious glasses. —Peter Mayle, GQ, May 1998

  4. She thinks window shopping is a frivolous activity.

  5. <judges are getting sick of people bringing frivolous lawsuits>



Origin of frivolous

Middle English, from Latin frivolus


First Known Use: 15th century


FRIVOLOUS Defined for Kids

frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Definition of frivolous

  1. 1 :  of little importance :  trivial <a frivolous matter>

  2. 2 :  lacking in seriousness <a frivolous boyfriend>





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