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flippant Line breaks: flip|pant
Pronunciation: /ˈflɪp(ə)nt/

Definition of flippant in English:

adjective

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.
Synonyms
frivolous, superficial, shallow, glib, thoughtless, carefree, irresponsible, insouciant, offhand;
disrespectful, irreverent, facetious, cheeky, pert, overfamiliar, impudent, impertinent
informalflip
British informalsaucy
North American informalsassy

Derivatives

flippantly

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Pronunciation: /ˈflɪpəntli/
adverb
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.

Origin

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'.

Words that rhyme with flippant

discrepant • participant

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