insouciant

insouciant

[in-soo-see-uhnt; French an-soo-syahn]
adjective
free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

Origin:
1820–30; < French, equivalent to in- in-3 + souciant present participle of soucier to worry < Vulgar Latin *sollicītāre, for Latin sollicitāre to disturb; see solicitous

insouciantly, adverb


lighthearted, debonair, jaunty, breezy.
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insouciant (ɪnˈsuːsɪənt)
 
adj
carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted
 
[C19: from French, from in-1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous]
 
in'souciance
 
n
 
in'souciantly
 
adv

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Main Entry:  insouciant
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  unconcerned, undisturbed; carefree and nonchalant
Etymology:  Latin in- + soucier 'to disturb'
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insouciant
1829, from Fr. insouciant, from in- "not" + souciant "caring," prp. of soucier "to care," from L. sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).
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