nonchalant


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non·cha·lant

 (nŏn′shə-länt′)
adj.
Casually unconcerned or indifferent. See Synonyms at cool.

[French, from Old French, present participle of nonchaloir, to be unconcerned : non-, non- + chaloir, to cause concern to (from Latin calēre, to be warm, heat up; see kelə- in Indo-European roots).]

non′cha·lance′ (-läns′) n.
non′cha·lant′ly adv.

nonchalant

(ˈnɒnʃələnt)
adj
casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved
[C18: from French, from nonchaloir to lack warmth, from non- + chaloir, from Latin calēre to be warm]
ˈnonchalance n
ˈnonchalantly adv

non•cha•lant

(ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑnt, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑnt, -lənt)

adj.
coolly unconcerned; indifferent or unexcited.
[1725–35; < French nonchalant, present participle of obsolete nonchaloir to lack warmth (of heart), be indifferent =non- non- + chaloir < Latin calēre to be warm. See -ant]
non`cha•lant′ly, adv.

nonchalant

- Comes from French nonchaloir, "not heated," ultimately from Latin noncalere, "not warm or aroused."
See also related terms for warm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nonchalant - marked by blithe unconcernnonchalant - marked by blithe unconcern; "an ability to interest casual students"; "showed a casual disregard for cold weather"; "an utterly insouciant financial policy"; "an elegantly insouciant manner"; "drove his car with nonchalant abandon"; "was polite in a teasing nonchalant manner"
unconcerned - lacking in interest or care or feeling; "the average American...is unconcerned that his or her plight is the result of a complex of personal and economic and governmental actions...beyond the normal citizen's comprehension and control"; "blithely unconcerned about his friend's plight"

nonchalant

adjective indifferent, cool, calm, casual, detached, careless, laid-back (informal), airy, unconcerned, apathetic, dispassionate, unfazed (informal), unperturbed, blasé, offhand, unemotional, insouciant, imperturbable Denis tried unsuccessfully to look nonchalant and uninterested.
involved, concerned, caring, worried, anxious

nonchalant

adjective
Translations
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nonchalant

[ˈnɒnʃələnt] ADJ
1. (= casual) [person, attitude, manner] → despreocupado
I tried to look nonchalantintenté adoptar un aire despreocupado
she gave a nonchalant wave of her handagitó la mano con desenfado
2. (= indifferent) → indiferente
she was very nonchalant about itactuó como si no tuviera ninguna importancia para ella

nonchalant

[ˈnɒnʃələnt] adjnonchalant(e)

nonchalant

adj, nonchalantly

nonchalant

[ˈnɒnʃlənt] adjdisinvolto/a, indifferente, incurante

nonchalant

(ˈnonʃələnt) , ((American) nonʃəˈlont) adjective
feeling or showing no excitement, fear or other emotion.
ˈnonchalantly adverb
ˈnonchalance noun
References in classic literature ?
He's been faithful to my hair, at all events," she said, trying to be nonchalant.
She watched his progress towards the pavilion, saw him now responding condescendingly to an ingratiating bow, now exchanging friendly, nonchalant greetings with his equals, now assiduously trying to catch the eye of some great one of this world, and taking off his big round hat that squeezed the tips of his ears.
I disregarded the appeal, and, carelessly leaning back in my chair, glancing from time to time with a NONCHALANT air out of the window, I dictated a little faster.
I can't help it either," she said, in a voice which she tried to make nonchalant.
As he passed near the inn, he hesitated, as if asking himself whether or no he should enter it; gave a glance towards us, took a few whiffs at his pipe, and then resumed his walk at the same nonchalant pace.
The philosophical tall soldier measured a sand- wich of cracker and pork and swallowed it in a nonchalant manner.
They followed him up the bank attempting the tense yet nonchalant expression that is suitable for ladies on such occasions.
De Coude fired once more, but the attitude of the ape-man--the utter indifference that was so apparent in every line of the nonchalant ease of his giant figure, and the even unruffled puffing of his cigarette--had disconcerted the best marksman in France.
I played the sailor and the man, fending off the skiff so that it would not mar the yacht's white paint, dropping the skiff astern on a long painter, and making the painter fast with two nonchalant half-hitches.
Again and again I had registered a vow that I should deliver my soul upon the subject, but there was that in the cool, nonchalant air of my companion which made him the last man with whom one would care to take anything approaching to a liberty.
The magician began to pull his wits together, and when he presently smiled an easy, nonchalant smile, it spread a mighty relief around; for it indicated that his mood was not destruc- tive.
Questions and answers followed in a nonchalant manner that made Dantes indignant, for he felt that all the world should have for the poor abbe a love and respect equal to his own.