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Definition not serious
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
  • Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
frivolous = not serious
  • a frivolous young man
  • a frivolous novel
  • A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
    Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
    Marcus Valerius Martialis
  • she asked with the same frivolous irony.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • FRIVOLOUS REQUESTS? Puppet heads? I'm supposed to concentrate on puppet heads NOW?? This is an OUTRAGE!
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • frivolous = lacking in appropriate seriousness
  • It showed Atticus barefooted and in short pants, chained to a desk: he was diligently writing on a slate while some frivolous-looking girls yelled, "Yoo-hoo!" at him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • frivolous = unserious
  • To leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell...
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • frivolous = unimportant
  • she spent no time in indulging the frivolous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • frivolous = things not serious or important
  • I pondered upon all this frivolity until my teeth were on edge.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • frivolity = lack of seriousness
  • [ROS marches up behind her, puts his hands over her eyes and says with a desperate frivolity.]

    ROS: Guess who?!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • frivolity = lightheartedness (lack of seriousness)
  • I've never met such frivolous people as you before, or anybody so unbusinesslike
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • frivolous = lacking in appropriate seriousness
  • A girl's girl, all the way, all pink and fluff and frivolity.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • frivolity = lack of seriousness
  • He will watch as the frivolity of my mood directs the depletion of his funds in whatever unnecessary and trivial manner I can and do imagine.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • frivolity = lack of seriousness
  • I know that you have always flashed around a lot of money and spent it frivolously.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • frivolously = in a carefree (not serious) manner
  • so I pondered until all such frivolous thoughts were ended by an avalanche of books sliding down on to the desk in front of me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • frivolous = not serious
  • They think you're too frivolous.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • frivolous = lacking in appropriate seriousness
  • His gifts were never frivolous or the result of Saturday morning cartoon advertising, but thoughtful and delightful.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • frivolous = not serious
  • the elaborate frivolity of chess
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
frivolity = unimportance (lack of seriousness)

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