- boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting: an insolent reply.
- an insolent person.
Origin of insolent
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Examples from the Web for insolently
"Because you'd probably have to go to the poorhouse," said Halbert, insolently.Brave and Bold
Aggie exclaimed, insolently, and made a face at the officer.Within the Law
The contrivance, if a contrivance, to get me away, so insolently mean!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
"No more than you are, my pippin," answered the traveller, insolently.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"Men do not whistle even for a dog, when he 's at his meals," said the old man, insolently.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- offensive, impudent, or disrespectful
Word Origin and History for insolently
late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.