AskDefine | Define levity

Dictionary Definition

levity

Noun

1 feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness [ant: gravity]
2 lightness of manner

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. lightness of manner or speech, frivolity
  2. lack of steadiness
  3. The state or quality of being light,buoyancy
    quotations:
    • "...it would really seem as if there was something nomadic in our natures, a principle of levity and restlessness..." — Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854)

Translations

  • Estonian: kerglus
  • Portuguese: leveza

Extensive Definition

Levity may refer to

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absentmindedness, absurdity, airiness, amusement, ascent, banter, big deal, booing, bounce, breeziness, bubbliness, buoyancy, carefreeness, carelessness, catcalling, chaffing, changeableness, chirpiness, coquettishness, daintiness, debonairness, delicacy, derision, disregard, disregardfulness, distraction, downiness, emptiness, ethereality, facetiousness, faddishness, faddism, fickleness, fleering, flightiness, flimsiness, flippancy, floatability, fluffiness, foaminess, folly, fooling, foolishness, frivolity, frivolousness, frothiness, fun, futility, gentleness, giddiness, glee, gleefulness, gossameriness, grinning, heedlessness, high glee, hilariousness, hilarity, hissing, hooting, idleness, inadvertence, inadvertency, inanity, inattention, inattentiveness, inconsideration, inconstancy, incuriosity, indifference, inobservance, jauntiness, jeering, jocularity, jocundity, jolliness, jollity, joshing, joviality, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, lack of weight, laughter, leering, levitation, light heart, lightheartedness, lightmindedness, lightness, lightsomeness, mercuriality, mercurialness, merriment, merriness, mirth, mirthfulness, mockery, negligence, nonobservance, nugacity, obliviousness, panning, perkiness, pertness, playfulness, prankishness, pranksomeness, ragging, raillery, rallying, razzing, regardlessness, resilience, ridicule, roasting, roguishness, scoffing, shallowness, silliness, skittishness, slenderness, slightness, smart-aleckiness, smartness, smirking, sneering, snickering, sniggering, snorting, softness, sportiveness, superficiality, taunting, tenderness, thoughtlessness, trickery, trickiness, triflingness, triteness, triviality, trivialization, trivialness, twitting, unalertness, unawareness, unconsciousness, undependability, unheaviness, unheedfulness, unintentiveness, unmindfulness, unobservance, unpredictability, unreliability, unwariness, unwatchfulness, vacuity, vanity, vapidity, volatility, waggery, waggishness, weightlessness, yeastiness
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