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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.

  1. Archaic. glib; voluble.

Origin of flippant

1595–1605; apparently flip1 + -ant

Other words for flippant

Other words from flippant

  • flip·pan·cy, flip·pant·ness, noun
  • flip·pant·ly, adverb
  • un·flip·pant, adjective
  • un·flip·pant·ly, adverb

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How to use flippant in a sentence

  • "That I don't know, sir," the girl replied, speaking with a flippancy that was careless and almost impertinent.

    In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells
  • In parliament he had hitherto opposed all popular measures, sometimes with insolent flippancy.

  • "They might as well kill a man as scare him to death," he said, with an attempt to get back to his customary flippancy.

    Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
  • But when he had carefully dressed for it, and was immersed in its shallow flippancy, he reacted the other way.

    Mountain | Clement Wood
  • In the ecstatic solemnity with which she swore her faith to him the ordinary sensibilities of sex seemed a flippancy.

British Dictionary definitions for flippant


/ (ˈflɪpənt) /

  1. marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand

  2. impertinent; saucy

  1. obsolete talkative or nimble

Origin of flippant

C17: perhaps from flip

Derived forms of flippant

  • flippancy, noun
  • flippantly, adverb

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