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[uhn-flap-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈflæp ə bəl/
not easily upset or confused, especially in a crisis; imperturbable.
Origin of unflappable
1950-55; un-1 + flap + -able
Related forms
unflappability, noun
unflappably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unflappable
  • The laid-back grandfather has the same unflappable gentleness, the same easygoing speech.
  • On the inside everyone is likewise unflappable, but in the face of more extraordinary activities and revelations.
  • His investment convictions spring from an unflappable confidence in his ability to spot emerging secular trends.
  • And in a city of largely unflappable urbanites, this is big news.
  • Not with his determined effort, non-stop motor and unflappable stare.
  • Stays composed, positive, and unflappable even in trying moments.
  • Stays composed, positive, civil and unflappable even in trying moments.
  • In an organization where risk and pressure are as common as a cup of coffee, he was unflappable.
  • Her professionalism on the bench also set the tone and her patience was unflappable.
  • The unflappable chief said that as long as the students behaved, he could do nothing.
British Dictionary definitions for unflappable


(informal) hard to upset; imperturbable; calm; composed
Derived Forms
unflappability, unflappableness, noun
unflappably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unflappable

1958, from un- (1) "not" + flap (v.) + -able. Originally used in reference to Harold Macmillan, British P.M. 1957-63.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for unflappable

under wraps

adverb phrase

In secrecy; in obscurity: We had better keep this under wraps for a while (1939+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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