flippant

[flip-uhnt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. flip-top,
  2. flip-up,
  3. flipbook,
  4. flipchart,
  5. flippancy,
  6. flippantly,
  7. flipper,
  8. flipping,
  9. flippy,
  10. flirt

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

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British Dictionary definitions for flippantly

flippant

adjective

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

flippant

adj.

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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