- 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.
Origin of flippant
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Related Wordseasily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, faintly, subtly, carelessly, indifferently, nimbly, peacefully, readily
Examples from the Web for flippantly
"Fool if she doesn't," replied this elegant young gentleman, flippantly.Australia Revenged
"I hope none of God's bears is roaming about," replied Alice, flippantly.They of the High Trails
“Oh, only made some funny noises,” retorted Miss Jones, flippantly.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
In reference to this it is flippantly asked, 'What does the house build?'The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Not flippantly, but reverently, leave your misdeeds in a limbo where they may not rise to haunt you.The Untroubled Mind
Herbert J. Hall
- marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
- impertinent; saucy
- obsolete talkative or nimble
Word Origin and History for flippantly
c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.