insolent

[ in-suh-luhnt ]
/ ˈɪn sə lənt /

adjective

boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting: an insolent reply.

noun

an insolent person.

Nearby words

  1. insol.,
  2. insolate,
  3. insolation,
  4. insole,
  5. insolence,
  6. insolently,
  7. insolubility,
  8. insolubilize,
  9. insoluble,
  10. insolvable

Origin of insolent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin insolent- (stem of insolēns) departing from custom, equivalent to in- in-3 + sol- (stem of solēre to be accustomed) + -ent- -ent

Related formsin·so·lent·ly, adverbo·ver·in·so·lent, adjectiveo·ver·in·so·lent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for insolent

insolent

/ (ˈɪnsələnt) /

adjective

offensive, impudent, or disrespectful
Derived Formsinsolence, nouninsolently, adverb

Word Origin for insolent

C14: from Latin insolens, from in- 1 + solēre to be accustomed

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Word Origin and History for insolent

insolent

adj.

late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.

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