Definition of flippant in English:


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




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  • 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.


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'.

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