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adjective flip·pant \ˈfli-pənt\

: lacking proper respect or seriousness

Full Definition of FLIPPANT

archaic :  glib, talkative
:  lacking proper respect or seriousness
flip·pant·ly adverb

Examples of FLIPPANT

  1. He made a flippant response to a serious question.
  2. <his flippant comment that the poor save on taxes offended many people>
  3. As far as he was concerned, we were an unforgivably flippant bunch. Louche. Our shared political stance … struck him as pathetically naive. —Mordecai Richler, GQ, November 1997

Origin of FLIPPANT

probably from 1flip (see 1flip)
First Known Use: 1599
FLIPPANT Defined for Kids


adjective flip·pant \ˈfli-pənt\

Definition of FLIPPANT for Kids

:  not respectful or serious <a flippant response>
flip·pant·ly adverb


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