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.
A heart weary and flippant; an unstable will; fluttering wings; a broken backbone.
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?" The epigram cannot be gainsayed; but the necessity is a thing that does not exist.
Flippant and familiar, the doctor imitated her; he too looked at the bed.
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.
Was it likely that a clergyman and a gentleman would refer to his engagement in a manner so flippant? But his stiffness remained, and, though he asked who Cissie and Albert might be, he still thought Mr.
I am not meaning to be flippant and irreverent, I am only meaning to be truthful.
Lady Muriel and Arthur were evidently on those most delightful of terms, where one has no need to check thought after thought, as it rises to the lips, with the fear 'this will not be appreciated--this will give' offence-- this will sound too serious--this will sound flippant': like very old friends, in fullest sympathy, their talk rippled on.
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.