frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity: The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
Archaic. glib; voluble.
- 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.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
"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.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for flippant
marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
obsolete talkative or nimble
- flippancy, noun
- flippantly, adverb
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