- 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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Examples from the Web for flippant
When the editor of Outside magazine, Alex Heard, tweeted that I had made an ass of myself, my response was arrogant and flippant.I Was Deluded to Believe Lance Armstrong When He Denied Doping
January 14, 2013
Ali Gharib said after the fact that he realized the comments were flippant and irresponsible.Intramural War of Words Raises Question of Who Loves Israel More
January 6, 2012
He seems implacably bespectacled—admonitory even in his flippant asides.Blame the Messenger
August 17, 2009
She turned away instantly, with a flippant lift and drop of both hands.Alice Adams
It was a flippant, vulgar book, the outcome of a flippant, vulgar mind.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The captain was, in his opinion, altogether too flippant and jolly.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Then leave it to Him," was the flippant answer; and Joseph drained his glass.The Tavern Knight
Every one laughed at his jokes, but to me they seemed superficial and flippant.Melomaniacs
- marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
- impertinent; saucy
- obsolete talkative or nimble
Word Origin and History for flippant
c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.