frivolous Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"frivolous" in British English

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frivolousadjective

uk   us   /ˈfrɪv.əl.əs/
behaving in a ​silly way and not taking anything ​seriously: I ​think he ​sees her as a frivolous ​young woman. A frivolous ​activity or ​object is ​silly or not ​importantrather than ​useful or ​serious: I ​feel like doing something ​completely frivolous today.
frivolously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
frivolousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of frivolous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frivolous" in American English

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frivolousadjective

 us   /ˈfrɪv·ə·ləs/
(of ​people) ​behaving in a ​silly and ​foolish way, or (of ​activities or ​objects) ​silly or ​unimportant: I’m very frivolous – I just like to have ​fun. With ​ourjusticesystem there are a lot of frivolous ​cases that go to ​court.
frivolously
adverb  us   /ˈfrɪv·ə·lə·sli/
We don’t have a ​monthlybudget, but we don’t ​spend frivolously either.
(Definition of frivolous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “frivolous”
in Spanish frívolo…
in Vietnamese phù phiếm, nhẹ dạ…
in Malaysian main-main…
in Thai ขี้เล่น…
in French frivole…
in German leichtsinnig…
in Chinese (Simplified) 愚蠢轻浮的,不严肃的, 无聊的, 不重要的…
in Turkish uçarı, ciddiyetsiz…
in Russian легкомысленный…
in Indonesian main-main, sembrono…
in Chinese (Traditional) 愚蠢輕浮的,不嚴肅的, 無聊的, 不重要的…
in Polish niepoważny…
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