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Saturday, September 30, 2000

flippant

\FLIP-uhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Lacking proper seriousness or respect; showing inappropriate levity; pert.
Quotes:
In the mid-1950s we both wrote for the same weekly, where her contributions were a good deal more serious and less flippant than mine.
-- Anthony Howard and Jason Cowley, "Decline and Fall", New Statesman, March 13, 2000
The conversations had grown more adult over the years--she was less flippant, at least.
-- Sylvia Brownrigg, The Metaphysical Touch
Origin:
Flippant probably comes from flip. The noun form is flippancy.
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