Un flippant

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.
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