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!"

Definitions of frivolity
  1. noun
    the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
    synonyms: frivolousness
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    earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
    the trait of being serious
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    giddiness, silliness
    an impulsive scatterbrained manner
    a manner lacking seriousness
    fun, playfulness
    a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
    lightness, lightsomeness
    the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
    flippancy, light-mindedness
    inappropriate levity
    humorousness, jocoseness, jocosity, merriness
    the trait of merry joking
    playful humor
    archness, impertinence, perkiness, pertness, sauciness
    inappropriate playfulness
    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
    type of:
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  2. noun
    acting like a clown or buffoon
    synonyms: buffoonery, clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank
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    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
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    craziness, folly, foolery, indulgence, lunacy, tomfoolery
    foolish or senseless behavior
  3. noun
    something of little value or significance
    synonyms: bagatelle, fluff, frippery
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    type of:
    small beer, trifle, trivia, triviality
    something of small importance
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