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[non-shuh-lahnt, non-shuh-lahnt, -luh nt] /ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑnt, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑnt, -lənt/
coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual:
His nonchalant manner infuriated me.
Origin of nonchalant
1725-35; < French nonchalant, present participle of obsolete nonchaloir to lack warmth (of heart), be indifferent, equivalent to non- non- + chaloir < Latin calēre to be warm. See -ant
Related forms
nonchalantly, adverb
cool, calm, collected, composed.
excitable. Unabridged
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  • The doctor's manner, quick and nonchalant, evidently aggravated his patient.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • But the old hero had been nonchalant and calm about the whole thing.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • This other's nonchalant strength of decision allured her uncertainty.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Blunt had calmed down suddenly and assumed a nonchalant pose.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Then he turned a nonchalant glance towards McVeigh, and waited.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for nonchalant


casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved
Derived Forms
nonchalance, noun
nonchalantly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from French, from nonchaloir to lack warmth, from non- + chaloir, from Latin calēre to be warm
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Word Origin and History for nonchalant

1734, from French nonchalant, present participle of nonchaloir "be indifferent to, have no concern for" (13c.), from non- "not" (see non-) + chaloir "have concern for," ultimately from Latin calere "be hot" (see calorie). French chaland "customer, client" is of the same origin. Related: Nonchalantly.

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