flippant


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flip·pant

 (flĭp′ənt)
adj.
1. Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert: apologized for his flippant remark.
2. Archaic Talkative; voluble.

[Probably from flip.]

flip′pan·cy n.
flip′pant·ly adv.

flippant

(ˈflɪpənt)
adj
1. marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
2. impertinent; saucy
3. obsolete talkative or nimble
[C17: perhaps from flip]
ˈflippancy n
ˈflippantly adv

flip•pant

(ˈflɪp ənt)

adj.
1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness.
2. Archaic. glib; voluble.
[1595–1605; appar. flip1 + -ant]
flip′pan•cy, flip′pant•ness, n.
flip′pant•ly, adv.

flippant

- Once meant "flexible, nimble, pliant."
See also related terms for nimble.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flippant - showing inappropriate levity
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"

flippant

Translations
فَظ، وَقِح
lehkomyslnýprostořeký
henkastetoverfladisk
epäasiallinenepäkunnioittava
kærulaus, óskammfeilinn
lengvabūdiškailengvabūdiškumas
nenopietnsvieglprātīgs
prostoreký

flippant

[ˈflɪpənt] ADJ [remark, reply] → ligero, frívolo
sorry, I didn't mean to sound flippantperdona, no era mi intención parecer frívolo
don't be flippantdeja de decir ligerezas or frivolidades

flippant

[ˈflɪpənt] adj [person] → désinvolte; [remark] → désinvolte

flippant

adj person, tone, attitudeleichtfertig; remark alsohingeworfen; (= disrespectful)schnodd(e)rig (inf); to sound flippantsich leichtfertig anhören

flippant

[ˈflɪpənt] adj (remark, tone) → poco serio/a; (attitude) → frivolo/a

flippant

(ˈflipənt) adjective
not serious enough about important matters. a flippant reply.
flipˈpantly adverb
ˈflippancy noun
References in classic literature ?
I am not meaning to be flippant and irreverent, I am only meaning to be truthful.
Heathcliff having overheard the conversation, as well as I, smiled when he saw him go; but immediately afterwards cast a look of singular aversion on the flippant pair, who remained chattering in the door-way: the boy finding animation enough while discussing Hareton's faults and deficiencies, and relating anecdotes of his goings on; and the girl relishing his pert and spiteful sayings, without considering the ill-nature they evinced.
What flippant Frenchman was it who said in allusion to the well-known work of Zimmerman, that, "la solitude est une belle chose; mais il faut quelqu'un pour vous dire que la solitude est une belle chose?
It affected him indeed as all right that he should be Count Otto Vogelstein; this appeared even rather a flippant mode of disposing of the fact.
The organs are organized in fact," said the flippant Mr.
I dare say he's got good reason to cover his ears, like King Midas," went on the priest, with a cheerful simplicity which somehow seemed rather flippant under the circumstances.
I had no idea you were intimate with her, or I should never have talked in this flippant, superficial way.
He did not mind being flippant about New York, but disliked to hear any one else take the same tone.
The venerable Mother of the Republics is scarce a fit subject for flippant speech or the idle gossipping of tourists.
Philip was silent too, for he did not quite know what to say that would fit the circumstance; and he was terribly afraid that, if he said something flippant, Miss Wilkinson would break down before his uncle and make a scene.
It is rather too bad of Fred to repeat my flippant speeches to Mr.
There was nothing pert or flippant in her manner now, as when she walked with Mr.