[in-soo-see-uhnt; French an-soo-syahn]


free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

Origin of insouciant

1820–30; < French, equivalent to in- in-3 + souciant present participle of soucier to worry < Vulgar Latin *sollicītāre, for Latin sollicitāre to disturb; see solicitous
Related formsin·sou·ci·ant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for insouciant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insouciantly

Contemporary Examples of insouciantly

  • “It was just better for the story arc,” David insouciantly observed.

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    The Private David Frost

    John M. Florescu

    September 3, 2013

Historical Examples of insouciantly

  • The blood of his actress mother carried him insouciantly over the pregnant silence that received him.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • And then he took the high note—took it easily, insouciantly—held it, trilled it, tossed it.

    Half Portions

    Edna Ferber

  • "Not to-day, thanks," retorted Tess insouciantly—that was another quality Missy envied in her friend, her unfailing insouciance.


    Dana Gatlin

  • He who had insouciantly reassured Mother had himself to choke down the timorous speculations of a shop-bound clerk.

    The Innocents

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for insouciantly



carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted
Derived Formsinsouciance, nouninsouciantly, adverb

Word Origin for insouciant

C19: from French, from in- 1 + souciant worrying, from soucier to trouble, from Latin sollicitāre; compare solicitous
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Word Origin and History for insouciantly



1829, from French insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + souciant "caring," present participle of soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit). Related: Insouciantly.

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