Levity meaning

lĕvĭ-tē
Frequency:
The state or quality of being light; buoyancy.
noun
3
0
Humor, merriment, or a lack of seriousness, especially when inappropriate.

A subject that should not be treated with levity.

noun
3
1
Inconstancy; changeableness.
noun
1
0
Lightness of weight; buoyancy.
noun
1
0
Lightness or gaiety of disposition, conduct, or speech; esp., improper or unbecoming gaiety or flippancy; lack of seriousness; frivolity.
noun
1
0
Advertisement
Fickleness; instability.
noun
0
0
Lightness of manner or speech, frivolity.
noun
0
0
The state or quality of being light, buoyancy.
noun
0
0
(countable) A lighthearted or frivolous act.
noun
0
0
The definition of levity is silly or light speech or behavior, usually at an inappropriate time.

An example of levity is someone is being disrespectful to a police officer after being arrested.

noun
0
1
Advertisement

Origin of levity

  • Latin levitās from levis light legwh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined in 1564, from Latin levitas (“lightness, frivolity"), from levis (“lightness (in weight)").

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to lever.

    From Wiktionary