[non-shuh-lahnt, non-shuh-lahnt, -luhnt]
coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual: His nonchalant manner infuriated me.

1725–35; < French nonchalant, present participle of obsolete nonchaloir to lack warmth (of heart), be indifferent, equivalent to non- non- + chaloir < Latin calēre to be warm. See -ant

nonchalantly, adverb

cool, calm, collected, composed.

excitable. Unabridged
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nonchalant (ˈnɒnʃələnt)
casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved
[C18: from French, from nonchaloir to lack warmth, from non- + chaloir, from Latin calēre to be warm]

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Word Origin & History

1734, from Fr. nonchalant (see nonchalance). Related: Nonchalantly.
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Example sentences
Buddy's agreement was magnificently nonchalant.
Most of them were pretty nonchalant and haven't spoken to me about it much.
Pete tries to be nonchalant.
They are nonchalant about their famous customers.
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