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flippant

[flip-uh nt] /ˈflɪp ənt/
adjective
1.
frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity:
The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
2.
Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
3.
Archaic. glib; voluble.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; apparently flip1 + -ant
Related forms
flippancy, flippantness, noun
flippantly, adverb
unflippant, adjective
unflippantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. saucy, impertinent, impudent.
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Examples for flippant
  • Bob, after reflecting on your response to my question it seems to me that you felt my question deserved a flippant response.
  • It is certainly too important to be dismissed in a flippant way.
British Dictionary definitions for flippant

flippant

/ˈflɪpənt/
adjective
1.
marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
2.
impertinent; saucy
3.
(obsolete) talkative or nimble
Derived Forms
flippancy, noun
flippantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from flip
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Word Origin and History for flippant
adj.

c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.

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