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 ?
He invariably met her criticisms with a good-natured grin and a flippant remark with some tender epithet tagged on to it.
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?
There was nothing pert or flippant in her manner now, as when she walked with Mr.
Young, giddy, and inexperienced, Isabel followed the flippant impulse of the moment, without a thought of the consequences.
I had no idea you were intimate with her, or I should never have talked in this flippant, superficial way.
I am not meaning to be flippant and irreverent, I am only meaning to be truthful.
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.
Your speech," he said, "is flippant, but you yourself do not realize how near it comes to the truth.
When a sensible woman has a serious question put to her, and evades it by a flippant answer, it is a sure sign, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, that she has something to conceal.
He was none of your flippant young fellows, who would call for a tankard of mulled ale, and make themselves as much at home as if they had ordered a hogshead of wine; none of your audacious young swaggerers, who would even penetrate into the bar--that solemn sanctuary--and, smiting old John upon the back, inquire if there was never a pretty girl in the house, and where he hid his little chambermaids, with a hundred other impertinences of that nature; none of your free-and-easy companions, who would scrape their boots upon the firedogs in the common room, and be not at all particular on the subject of spittoons; none of your unconscionable blades, requiring impossible chops, and taking unheard-of pickles for granted.
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.