insolent

[ in-suh-luhnt ]
/ ˈɪn sə lənt /

adjective

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

noun

an insolent person.

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 forms

in·so·lent·ly, adverbo·ver·in·so·lent, adjectiveo·ver·in·so·lent·ly, adverb
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insolent

/ (ˈɪnsələnt) /

adjective

offensive, impudent, or disrespectful

Derived Forms

insolence, nouninsolently, adverb

Word Origin for insolent

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