[non-shuh-lahnt, non-shuh-lahnt, -luhnt]


coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual: His nonchalant manner infuriated me.

Origin of nonchalant

1725–35; < French nonchalant, present participle of obsolete nonchaloir to lack warmth (of heart), be indifferent, equivalent to non- non- + chaloir < Latin calēre to be warm. See -ant
Related formsnon·cha·lant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for nonchalant

Antonyms for nonchalant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nonchalantly

indifferently, casually

Examples from the Web for nonchalantly

Contemporary Examples of nonchalantly

Historical Examples of nonchalantly

  • He took one, and placed it nonchalantly in his waistcoat pocket, as he had seen the others do.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "Well, Baker," said Burr nonchalantly, nodding to his former assistant.

  • "I know more about Miss Doris Leighton than you think," she said, nonchalantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • Nonchalantly he turned the letter face downward and went on with the meal.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Nonchalantly, the fat man dug them out and handed them over.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for nonchalantly



casually unconcerned or indifferent; uninvolved
Derived Formsnonchalance, nounnonchalantly, adverb

Word Origin for nonchalant

C18: from French, from nonchaloir to lack warmth, from non- + chaloir, from Latin calēre to be warm
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Word Origin and History for nonchalantly



1734, from French nonchalant, present participle of nonchaloir "be indifferent to, have no concern for" (13c.), from non- "not" (see non-) + chaloir "have concern for," ultimately from Latin calere "be hot" (see calorie). French chaland "customer, client" is of the same origin. Related: Nonchalantly.

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