Thursday, June 26, 2003
insouciant adjective [in-SOO-see-uh nt; French an-soo-SYAHN] free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
Definitions for insouciant
- free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
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Citations for insouciant
But for his thoughtful diagnosis of the perils that lay before me, I should at this juncture have been deep in the mulligatawny and no hope of striking for the shore. As it was, I was able to be nonchalant, insouciant, and debonair. I was like the fellow I once heard Jeeves speak of who was armed so strong in honesty that somebody's threats passed by him as the idle wind, which he respected not.
Along with a tall figure and long, shiny hair, she has inherited the insouciant way with fashions that made her famous actress-mother also a famous clotheshorse.
Origin of insouciant
Insouciant entered English from French, based on the French verb soucier meaning "to worry." Ultimately it finds its roots in the Latin sollicitāre meaning "to disturb."