insouciant [in- soo-see- uhnt; a French n-soo- syah] n SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. Origin of insouciant 1820–30;
in- in- 3
present participle of
to worry <
Vulgar Latin *sollicītāre,
to disturb; see
solicitous Related forms in·sou·ci·ant·ly, adverb
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The blood of his actress mother carried him
insouciantly over the pregnant silence that received him.
And then he took the high note—took it easily,
insouciantly—held it, trilled it, tossed it.
"Not to-day, thanks," retorted Tess
insouciantly—that was another quality Missy envied in her friend, her unfailing insouciance.
He who had
insouciantly reassured Mother had himself to choke down the timorous speculations of a shop-bound clerk. British Dictionary definitions for insouciantly adjective carefree or unconcerned; light-hearted Derived Forms insouciance, noun insouciantly, 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 adj.
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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