flippant

[flip-uhnt]
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; apparently flip1 + -ant

flippancy, flippantness, noun
flippantly, adverb
unflippant, adjective
unflippantly, adverb


1. saucy, impertinent, impudent.
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flippant (ˈflɪpənt)
 
adj
1.  marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
2.  impertinent; saucy
3.  obsolete talkative or nimble
 
[C17: perhaps from flip]
 
'flippancy
 
n
 
'flippantly
 
adv

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

flippancy
1746, from flippant + -cy.
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Example sentences
However, to an outsider it is rightly perceived as rank flippancy.
Sarcastic, tired flippancy has stolen the place of the first, and lugubrious
  resentment has deposed the second.
His studied lightness and occasional flippancy do not conceal a dedicated
  concern, a personal anguish.
Everything that savors of levity or flippancy, in connection with this subject,
  ought to excite the deepest repugnance.
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