(Of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm: she gave a nonchalant shrug
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- 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.
mid 18th century: from French, literally 'not being concerned', from the verb nonchaloir.
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- 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.