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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 ?
His fathers were mighty hunters,--men who lived in the woods, and slept under the free, open heavens, with the stars to hold their candles; and their descendant to this day always acts as if the house were his camp,--wears his hat at all hours, tumbles himself about, and puts his heels on the tops of chairs or mantelpieces, just as his father rolled on the green sward, and put his upon trees and logs,--keeps all the windows and doors open, winter and summer, that he may get air enough for his great lungs,--calls everybody "stranger," with nonchalant bonhommie, and is altogether the frankest, easiest, most jovial creature living.
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.
He's been faithful to my hair, at all events," she said, trying to be nonchalant.
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.
The philosophical tall soldier measured a sand- wich of cracker and pork and swallowed it in a nonchalant manner.
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.
Blunt had calmed down suddenly and assumed a nonchalant pose.
They followed him up the bank attempting the tense yet nonchalant expression that is suitable for ladies on such occasions.
I can't help it either," she said, in a voice which she tried to make nonchalant.
He sat opposite to me, and lit a cigarette in his old, nonchalant manner.
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.