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nonchalant

Line breaks: non¦cha|lant
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒnʃ(ə)l(ə)nt
 
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Definition of nonchalant in English:

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.

Origin

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

More
  • This is an English use of a French word meaning literally ‘not being concerned’, from the verb nonchaloir; the chaloir element is from Latin calere ‘be warm, be roused with zeal’.

Derivatives

nonchalantly

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adverb
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.

Words that rhyme with nonchalant

insolent

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