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
The metrics are good, and I don’t say that with a cavalier attitude.Maryland state superintendent says students should be in school ‘right now’|Donna St. George|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
“That’s pretty startling stuff in there in terms of the laxity or almost cavalier attitude about” attorney conduct, Carpenter said.Maine Hires Lawyers With Criminal Records to Defend Poor Residents. The Governor Wants Reform.|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor|October 14, 2020|ProPublica
They aren’t cavalier about the health risks but say something critical is at stake.Wisconsin election officials go from famine to feast with a swell of poll workers|Dan Simmons|October 8, 2020|Washington Post
In an interview with Sports Illustrated years earlier, Salazar appeared cavalier about his own drug use.Inside a secret running program at Nike and a win-at-all-costs corporate culture|Rachel King|October 6, 2020|Fortune
Take into account fuel economy, parking, and the fact that you’ll probably still need a commuter car if you’re based in a big city, and that cavalier road-trip machine might start to feel like a logistics nightmare.
"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