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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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  • All the way home he remained immersed in thought and only recovered his nonchalant air as he entered the door of the Kings Arms.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • That town was thronged with nonchalant women and blue-clad poilus.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • "Just clothes," I said, having another stab at the nonchalant, though extremely dubious as to whether it would come off.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • There was a restlessness, too, which gave the lie to his nonchalant manner.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • She came down tall and nonchalant, an oar over her shoulder, unlocked the padlock and rowed unconcernedly across.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
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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