Definition of nonchalant in English:

nonchalant

Syllabification: non·cha·lant
Pronunciation: /ˌnänSHəˈlänt
 
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adjective

(Of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm: she gave a nonchalant shrug
More example sentences
  • Doc Charlie would casually flirt with the nonchalant female who would ever so calmly refuse.
  • He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.
  • He was very nonchalant, very offhand at the press conference when he was making those comments.
Synonyms
calm, composed, unconcerned, cool, ‘calm, cool, and collected’, cool as a cucumber; indifferent, blasé, dispassionate, apathetic, casual, insouciant
informal laid-back

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, literally 'not being concerned', from the verb nonchaloir.

Derivatives

nonchalantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • You look, nonchalantly at first, then with increasing desperation.
  • If you want to impress the ladies by firing off a couple of rounds from your rifle, don't choose a tank as a target and then nonchalantly wander off.
  • Quietly, nonchalantly, he drew his jacket over his face like a vampire's cape.

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