Definition of flippant in English:

flippant

Line breaks: flip|pant
Pronunciation: /ˈflɪp(ə)nt
 
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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
informal flip
British informal saucy
North American informal sassy

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'.

Derivatives

flippantly

adverb
More 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.

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