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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

  • I passed her the pancakes with a cheerful smile, and flippantly pressed the hand next me.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers
  • "Call out the fire department, probably," said Eleanor flippantly.

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • "I am sorry to hear you speak so flippantly on a solemn subject," said Milburgh.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • It is daring, flippantly defiant, paroxysmal, and redundant in explosive adjectives; but it is not true to nature.

  • He sits down again and throws his hat flippantly aside with the air of a man who has no longer anything to fear.

    You Never Can Tell | George Bernard Shaw

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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