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Frivolity

Blondie
the gaffe-prone, frivolous wife of Dagwood Bumstead. [Comics: Horn, 118]
Dobson, Zuleika
charming young lady who unconcernedly dazzles Oxford undergraduates. [Br. Lit.: Magill II, 1169]
Golightly, Holly
madcap New York playgirl, indulges in wacky escapades. [Am. Lit.: Capote Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Hart, 133]
grasshopper
sings instead of storing away food. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 108]
Lescaut, Manon
amorally chooses luxury above loyalty. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Manon Lescaut, Westerman, 346]
Merry Mount
colonists frolic around Maypole, causing Morton’s arrest. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 543]
Misanthrope
exposes frivolity and inconsistency of French society (1600s). [Fr. Lit.: Le Misanthrope]
Nickleby, Mrs.
forever introducing inapposite topics into conversations. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Yorick, Mr.
traveling on the Continent, he and his servant engage in a series of casual love affairs. [Br. Lit.: Sterne A Sentimental Journey in Magill I, 879]
References in classic literature ?
This duplication went merrily on for years before it was generally discovered that the telephone is not an ear, but a nerve system; and that such an experiment as a duplicate nerve system has never been attempted by Nature, even in her most frivolous moods.
So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.
Not a little surprised to find her husband contriving some frivolous excuse for leaving us together, she stopped short, giving me a glance--such a glance as women only can give you.
As for the scandal that would befall the Circular Class if the frivolous and unseemly conduct of the Women were imputed to them, and as to the consequent subversion of the Constitution, the Female Sex could not be expected to give a thought to these considerations.
But man is a frivolous and incongruous creature, and perhaps, like a chess player, loves the process of the game, not the end of it.
Marseilles is filled with half-pay officers, who are daily, under one frivolous pretext or other, getting up quarrels with the royalists; from hence arise continual and fatal duels among the higher classes of persons, and assassinations in the lower.
She lost all concern for him in finding herself thus selected as the object of such idle and frivolous gallantry; and while she steadily repressed it, could not but feel the reproof contained in his believing, that however long, and for whatever cause, his attentions had been withdrawn, her vanity would be gratified, and her preference secured at any time by their renewal.
He listened attentively and fancied that he discovered through three or four rather frivolous adventures, that the count, like himself, had a secret to hide in the depths of his heart.
He is a gay, light, frivolous young fellow, and will only smile in your face.
It is much to be regretted that in our rank of life the wife should be so persistently frivolous, under the impression apparently that it is the proper thing to be.
It would be a poor result of all our anguish and our wrestling if we won nothing but our old selves at the end of it-- if we could return to the same blind loves, the same self- confident blame, the same light thoughts of human suffering, the same frivolous gossip over blighted human lives, the same feeble sense of that Unknown towards which we have sent forth irrepressible cries in our loneliness.
Whist has long been noted for its influence upon what is termed the calculating power; and men of the highest order of intellect have been known to take an apparently unaccountable delight in it, while eschewing chess as frivolous.