Frivolity is a type of clownishness or silliness. Frivolity is the opposite of getting down to business in a serious way.
If people are running around a classroom, throwing things, and laughing, the teacher might say, "Why all the frivolity?" This is a word for clowning or horsing around — not being serious. There's a happy flavor to this word. Giggling when you should be listening could be considered frivolity. Also, anything that's insignificant is a type of frivolity, as in "That's nothing! Just a bit of frivolity!"
n the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
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an impulsive scatterbrained manner
a manner lacking seriousness
a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
humorousness, jocoseness, jocosity, merriness
the trait of merry joking
archness, impertinence, perkiness, pertness, sauciness
friskiness, frolicsomeness, sportiveness
lively high-spirited playfulness
impishness, mischievousness, puckishness, whimsicality
the trait of behaving like an imp
humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humour
the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
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a distinguishing feature of your personal nature