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

1595–1605; apparently flip1 + -ant
Related formsflip·pan·cy, flip·pant·ness, nounflip·pant·ly, adverbun·flip·pant, adjectiveun·flip·pant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for flippant

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Examples from the Web for flippantly

Historical Examples of flippantly

  • "Fool if she doesn't," replied this elegant young gentleman, flippantly.

  • "I hope none of God's bears is roaming about," replied Alice, flippantly.

  • “Oh, only made some funny noises,” retorted Miss Jones, flippantly.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flippantly



marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
impertinent; saucy
obsolete talkative or nimble
Derived Formsflippancy, nounflippantly, adverb

Word Origin for flippant

C17: perhaps from flip
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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.

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