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flippant

[ flip-uhnt ]
/ ˈflɪp ənt /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of flippant

1595–1605; apparently flip1 + -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM flippant

flip·pan·cy, flip·pant·ness, nounflip·pant·ly, adverbun·flip·pant, adjectiveun·flip·pant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for flippant

flippant
/ (ˈflɪpənt) /

adjective

marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
impertinent; saucy
obsolete talkative or nimble

Derived forms of flippant

flippancy, nounflippantly, adverb

Word Origin for flippant

C17: perhaps from flip
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