frivolous

  • 1 frivolous — friv·o·lous / fri və ləs/ adj: lacking in any arguable basis or merit in either law or fact ◇ In an attempt to discourage frivolous lawsuits, Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires the signature of an attorney or party on any… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Frivolous — Friv o*lous, a. [L. frivolus; prob. akin to friare to rub, crumble, E. friable: cf. F. frivole.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight; as, a frivolous argument. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to trifling;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 frivolous — [friv′ə ləs] adj. [ME < frivol (< OFr frivole < L frivolus, fragile, silly, akin to friare: see FRIABLE) + OUS] 1. of little value or importance; trifling; trivial 2. not properly serious or sensible; silly and light minded; giddy [a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 frivolous — mid 15c., from L. frivolus silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle, dim. of *frivos broken, crumbled, from friare break, rub away, crumble. Related: Frivolously; frivolousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 frivolous — [adj] trivial, silly barmy*, childish, dizzy*, empty headed*, facetious, featherbrained*, flighty, flip, flippant, foolish, gay, giddy*, harebrained*, idiotic, idle, ill considered, impractical, juvenile, light, light minded, minor, niggling*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 frivolous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not having any serious purpose or value. 2) (of a person) carefree and superficial. DERIVATIVES frivolity noun frivolously adverb frivolousness noun. ORIGIN Latin frivolus silly, trifling …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 frivolous — [[t]frɪ̱vələs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as frivolous, you mean they behave in a silly or light hearted way, rather than being serious and sensible. I just decided I was a bit too frivolous to be a doctor... Isabelle was a… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 frivolous — adj. frivolous to + inf. (it was frivolous of him to make such an accusation) * * * [ frɪvələs] frivolous to + inf. (it was frivolous of him to make such an accusation) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 frivolous — frivolously, adv. frivolousness, n. /friv euh leuhs/, adj. 1. characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct. 2. self indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose. 3. (of a person) given to trifling or… …

    Universalium

  • 10 frivolous — adjective /ˈfɹɪv.əl.əs/ a) Silly, especially at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate manner. , There is no easy definition for the phrase frivolous lawsuit, but I imagine any claim for damages where the injuries are minimal or where the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 frivolous — adjective 1) a frivolous girl Syn: skittish, flighty, giddy, silly, foolish, superficial, shallow, irresponsible, thoughtless, featherbrained, empty headed, peabrained, birdbrained, vacuous, vapid; informal dizzy, dippy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 frivolous — Of little weight or importance. A pleading is frivolous when it is clearly insufficient on its face, and does not controvert the material points of the opposite pleading, and is presumably interposed for mere purposes of delay or to embarrass the …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 frivolous — Of little weight or importance. A pleading is frivolous when it is clearly insufficient on its face, and does not controvert the material points of the opposite pleading, and is presumably interposed for mere purposes of delay or to embarrass the …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 14 frivolous — friv|o|lous [ˈfrıvələs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: frivolus] 1.) not serious or sensible, especially in a way that is not suitable for a particular occasion ▪ The court discourages frivolous law suits. 2.) a frivolous person likes… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 frivolous — adjective 1 not serious or sensible, especially in a way that is not suitable for a particular occasion: The court discourages frivolous law suits. 2 a frivolous person likes having fun rather than doing serious or sensible things frivolously… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 frivolous — friv•o•lous [[t]ˈfrɪv ə ləs[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct[/ex] 2) (of a person) given to trifling or undue levity 3) of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 frivolous — /ˈfrɪvələs / (say frivuhluhs) adjective 1. of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: a frivolous objection. 2. characterised by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct. 3. given to trifling or levity, as… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 frivolous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin frivolus Date: 15th century 1. a. of little weight or importance b. having no sound basis (as in fact or law) < a frivolous lawsuit > 2. a. lacking in seriousness b. marked by unbecoming levity •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 frivolous — friv|o|lous [ frıvələs ] adjective 1. ) behaving in a silly way in situations where you should be behaving in a serious or sensible way 2. ) lacking any real purpose or importance: frivolous complaints ╾ friv|o|lous|ly adverb ╾ friv|o|lous|ness… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 frivolous — UK [ˈfrɪvələs] / US adjective 1) behaving in a silly way in situations where you should be behaving in a serious or sensible way 2) lacking any real purpose or importance frivolous complaints Derived words: frivolously adverb frivolousness noun… …

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