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 insolently

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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