Coined in 1564, from Latin levitas (lightness, frivolity), from levis (lightness (in weight)).[1]

Cognate to lever.




usually uncountable; plural levities

Levity (usually uncountable; plural levities)
  1. lightness of manner or speech, frivolity
  2. (obsolete) lack of steadiness
  3. The state or quality of being light, buoyancy
    • Robert Montgomery Bird: would really seem as if there was something nomadic in our natures, a principle of levity and restlessness Patrono:...
  4. A lighthearted or frivolous act
    • 1665, Daniel Defoe, History of the Plague in London[1]:
      For though it be something wonderful to tell that any should have hearts so hardened, in the midst of such a calamity, as to rob and steal, yet certain it is that all sorts of villainies, and even levities and debaucheries, were then practiced in the town as openly as ever: I will not say quite as frequently, because the number of people were many ways lessened.</span>
    • 1872, J. Fenimore Cooper, The Bravo[2]:
      Patrono:... or do the people joy less than common in their levities?"</span>
    • 1882, H.D. Traill, Sterne[3]:
      His incorrigible levities had probably lost him the countenance of most of his more serious acquaintancesPatrono:....</span>



  1. Patrono:R:Online Etymology Dictionary

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