- frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
- Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
- Archaic. glib; voluble.
Origin of flippant
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1. saucy, impertinent, impudent.
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Examples from the Web for flippancy
She shot the thing at me with a manner suspiciously near to flippancy.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
He felt angry with her for what seemed to him to be flippancy.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Then he fell thoughtful, his tone lost its note of flippancy.The Lion's Skin
To him, his art was too sacred to admit of any flippancy in discussing it.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Linton's flippancy, for the first time, was distasteful to Cashel.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
- impertinent; saucy
- obsolete talkative or nimble
C17: perhaps from flip
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Word Origin and History for flippancy
c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.
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