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
Example sentences from the Web for cavalier
The woman so cavalierly treated in his thoughts of yesterday had become a most sacred and dreadful power.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
They approached; I bowed low to the Duke, who returned my salute most cavalierly.Simon Dale|Anthony Hope
When he returned, cavalierly ignoring the chief, he addressed himself to the old man.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
And Gen. Winder has been treated as cavalierly as he treated me.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
In any event, he had been saved from the exceeding unwisdom of treating James Walker too cavalierly.The House 'Round the Corner|Gordon Holmes