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1. A gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman.
2. A mounted soldier; a knight.
3. Cavalier A supporter of Charles I of England in his struggles against Parliament. Also called Royalist.
1. Showing arrogant or offhand disregard; dismissive: a cavalier attitude toward the suffering of others.
2. Carefree and nonchalant; jaunty.
3. Cavalier Of or relating to a group of 17th-century English poets associated with the court of Charles I.

[French, horseman, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Late Latin caballārius, from Latin caballus, horse; akin to Greek kaballēs, work horse, both Greek and Latin probably ultimately from an Iranian source (compare Khotanese kabä, horse, and Persian kaval, a slow, clumsy horse), from Old Iranian *kaba-, *kabala-, horse, akin to Late Latin cabō, gelding, and Old Church Slavonic kobyla, mare, and perhaps ultimately of Proto-Indo-European origin.]

cav′a·lier′ly adv.
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Adv.1.cavalierly - in a proud and domineering manner; "he treated his staff cavalierly"


[ˌkævəˈlɪəlɪ] ADV (pej) → desdeñosamente


References in classic literature ?
Do you fancy because you have heard Monsieur de Treville speak to us a little cavalierly today that other people are to treat us as he speaks to us?
That’s the Judge and young Master Edwards,” interrupted the steward, very cavalierly.
Once I asked her where exactly it was situated and she answered, waving her hand cavalierly at the dead wall of the room: "Oh, over there.
He squared his shoulders; the broad-brimmed shadow of a hat sat cavalierly on his head.
And the musketeer, turning cavalierly on his heel, disappeared.
He half-sprawled on the slippery deck, regained his balance, and stood still and looked at the white-god who had treated him so cavalierly.
And I must confess that I had treated the idea very cavalierly and academically as a dream and nothing more.
Surely it is no great feat to assume that a man who treats a fifty-guinea watch so cavalierly must be a careless man.
Oh, you've got it in your blood," Hall cut him off cavalierly.
Before him, Karl Yundt remained standing, one wing of his faded greenish havelock thrown back cavalierly over his shoulder.
Something that I shall have one day, and which concerns nobody so much as myself," returned Paul, picking the flint of his rifle, and beginning very cavalierly to whistle an air well known on the waters of the Mississippi.
The grotesque spectacle of Planned Parenthood abortionists callously, cavalierly selling the organs of babies they've killed has enraged the American public.