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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 of flippant
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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  • The taint of a flippant wit was common to all its members, and their assurance was unbounded.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • It was a flippant, vulgar book, the outcome of a flippant, vulgar mind.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • You know how flippant, how 'fly-away,' he can be when the mood seizes him, how wholeheartedly he can play the fool.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • The captain was, in his opinion, altogether too flippant and jolly.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Please do not be flippant," said the voice from the rocking-chair, sadly.

    Toppleton's Client John Kendrick Bangs
  • "Then leave it to Him," was the flippant answer; and Joseph drained his glass.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Sara is flippant when things are going along all right, but she knows when to buckle down and do what she's asked.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
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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