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  1. frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
  2. Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
  3. Archaic. glib; voluble.
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Origin of flippant

1595–1605; apparently flip1 + -ant
Related formsflip·pan·cy, flip·pant·ness, nounflip·pant·ly, adverbun·flip·pant, adjectiveun·flip·pant·ly, adverb

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Related Words for flippancy

impudence, impertinence, mischievousness, cheek, freshness, cheekiness, frivolity, sauciness, rudeness, volatility, lightness, levity, playfulness, cockiness, archness

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Historical Examples of flippancy

  • She shot the thing at me with a manner suspiciously near to flippancy.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He felt angry with her for what seemed to him to be flippancy.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Then he fell thoughtful, his tone lost its note of flippancy.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • To him, his art was too sacred to admit of any flippancy in discussing it.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Linton's flippancy, for the first time, was distasteful to Cashel.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for flippancy


  1. marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
  2. impertinent; saucy
  3. obsolete talkative or nimble
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Derived Formsflippancy, nounflippantly, adverb

Word Origin for flippant

C17: perhaps from flip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for flippancy


1746, from flippant + -cy.

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c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.

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