verb (used without object)
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Origin of cavalier
historical usage of cavalier
By the end of the 16th century, cavalier had also become a term of abuse, meaning “braggart, swaggerer,” as in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 (1596–99). This sense persisted till at least the English Civil War (1642–1651); the Puritan Roundheads called King Charles’s bellicose aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. By the mid-18th century, a cavalier also came to mean “an attendant upon or escort for a lady, a lady’s dancing partner.”
The adjective senses of cavalier, “offhand, careless, free and easy” arose in the second half of the 16th century; the negative adjective sense “haughty, disdainful” arose in the mid-18th century; the historical sense in reference to the Stuart Royalists arose in the mid-19th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM cavaliercav·a·lier·ism, cav·a·lier·ness, nouncav·a·lier·ly, adverbun·cav·a·lier, adjectiveun·cav·a·lier·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for cavalier
"There is a cost to such a cavalier attitude," said Aparício, the former Bolivian ambassador to Washington.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So|Eli Lake, Mac Margolis|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Wrong station, mate, you want the next,” you tell a strapping boy in a cavalier cloak.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures|Tim Parks|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Some reporters may take a cavalier attitude about being a martyr for a cause,” the friend added.Jana Winter Gets Reprieve but Could Still Be Jailed Over Holmes Scoop|David Freedlander|April 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One of our two surviving dogs (since the death of our beloved yellow Lab Cobber) is a Cavalier.
No banker who truly understands risk should be so cavalier about it.Jamie Dimon’s Hubris Unshakable as JPMorgan Reelects Him to Top Two Posts|Nomi Prins|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yet the damsel gazes continually into the eyes of her cavalier, and the magic of his eyes draws her back to him again.Tales From Jkai|Mr Jkai
Early the next morning, after a cup of coffee with Alis Garet at Cavalier's cafeteria, he started back for the golf course.And Then the Town Took Off|Richard Wilson
She could ride well now, he said, and Cavalier could bring her the whole journey.Hayslope Grange|Emma Leslie
I find in the first place that the new population was not only not cavalier, but not even English.
He laughed, waved his arm in a cavalier gesture and went from the room, slamming the door masterfully behind him.Jaffery|William J. Locke