[in-soo-see-uh nt; French an-soo-syahn]
- free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
Origin of insouciant
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lighthearted, debonair, jaunty, breezy.
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Examples from the Web for insouciant
It is an example of insouciant royal play, and the fun of something going wrong.Disorder of the Garter
June 14, 2012
Because he is a mouthy, insouciant rascal with a great shtick.Alec Baldwin’s Twitter Troubles
April 17, 2012
Together they read like a dive-bar lecture series: insouciant, slightly surly, mock profound.America's Pop Culture Savant
October 30, 2009
With that mask on, I fluff the ends of my hair into a structured but insouciant flip.The Politics of Michelle Obama's Hair
Patricia J. Williams
October 9, 2008
Mrs. Chetwinde wandered away, insouciant and observant as ever.In the Wilderness
Edestone's reply was as insouciant as if he had been merely commenting on the weather.L. P. M.
J. Stewart Barney
Up to this she has led a bird's life, gay, insouciant, free and careless.Mrs. Geoffrey
More or less—an insouciant manner, and a rather startling button-hole.
There was no secernment between her soul and surface; she was mere, insouciant, with a rare dulcedo.
- carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted
C19: from French, from in- 1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous
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Word Origin and History for insouciant
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