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flippant Syllabification: flip·pant
Pronunciation: /ˈflipənt/

Definition of flippant in English:


Not showing a serious or respectful attitude: a flippant remark
More example sentences
  • My boss was very supportive and saw the same flippant attitude I did when she spoke to them.
  • In the end the flippant attitude to the lack of car parking will have disastrous consequences for businesses in Skipton.
  • Behind the flippant name hides a serious message about religious ignorance.
frivolous, facetious, tongue-in-cheek;
disrespectful, irreverent, cheeky, impudent, impertinent
informal flip, waggish


Early 17th century: from flip1 + -ant, perhaps on the pattern of heraldic terms such as couchant and rampant. Early senses included 'nimble' and 'talkative', hence 'playful', giving rise to the current use 'lacking seriousness'.



Pronunciation: /ˈflip(ə)n(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • Her voice taunted him in mock arrogance, but he could tell from the hint of darkness under her eyes that though she meant it flippantly, she was very tired.
  • Chris replied flippantly, though his smile was unmistakable.
  • Technically, they speak of a purism which redefines the areas of documentary photography in which they may be flippantly or carelessly bracketed.

Words that rhyme with flippant

discrepant • participant

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