- 1Not having any serious purpose or value: frivolous ribbons and lacy frills rules to stop frivolous lawsuitsMore example sentences
flippant, glib, waggish, joking, jokey, light-hearted, facetious, fatuous, inane, shallow, superficial, senseless, thoughtless, ill-considered, non-serious• informal flipBritish • informal dafttime-wasting, trivial, trifling, minor, petty, lightweight, insignificant, unimportant, worthless, valueless, pointless, paltry, niggling, peripheral
- Don't judges have the power to throw out frivolous lawsuits and even fine the lawyers and the litigants?
- Then, if the lawsuit is frivolous, why should it produce grave consequences for Germany?
- Drug companies claim the union and consumer plan would encourage frivolous lawsuits.
- 1.1(Of a person) carefree and superficial: the frivolous, fun-loving flappers of the twentiesMore example sentences
giddy, silly, foolish, facetious, zany, light-hearted, merry, superficial, shallow, lacking seriousness, non-serious, light-minded, whimsical, skittish, flighty, irresponsible, thoughtless, lacking in sense, feather-brained, empty-headed, pea-brained, birdbrained, vacuous, vapidNorth American • informal ditzy
- Sometimes we repress our good humour, because we are afraid that others will think we are frivolous or foolish.
- She believed in him and she was not a frivolous person, so her opinion counted.
- When philosophers take liberties with language to make their distinctive points they are not frivolous.
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- But if you want to be pleasantly lulled into a state of happy frivolousness, check out Dorf and his comedy collection.
- But as it stands, Man's Best Friend is a decent horror film occasionally hindered by the cruelty inherent in its subject matter and an awkward frivolousness in tone.
- Most children exude such joy and frivolousness.
late Middle English: from Latin frivolus 'silly, trifling' + -ous.