boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting: an insolent reply.
an insolent person.
- in·so·lent·ly, adverb
- o·ver·in·so·lent, adjective
- o·ver·in·so·lent·ly, adverb
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How to use insolent in a sentence
Their very posture—the way they loitered and leaned and lolled about—was insolent.
Hollande's idea was regarded as insolent when he first pitched it.French President François Hollande Goes to Washington | Tracy McNicoll | May 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imperious despot, insolent in strife, Lover of ruin, enemy of life!
It was an urgency that some saw as bold and others viewed as insolent.
This means that the lazy, insolent functionnaire mentality prevails rather than a hard-working energetic one.
Under the long lashes of low lids a pair of eyes black and insolent set off the haughty lines of her scarlet lips.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But he is as insolent as you could wish, and has a superb confidence in himself that his enemies call by the most offensive names.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The insolent tone of him was like having one's face slapped, and it didn't pass over Lyn's head by any means.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Of course I had to satisfy the ruffian's insolent demands, but I did so under protest.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Aristide for the first time abandoned his lazy and insolent attitude and jumped to his feet.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for insolent
offensive, impudent, or disrespectful
- insolence, noun
- insolently, adverb
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