Simple Definition of flippant
: lacking proper respect or seriousness
Examples of flippant
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
… although she is neither solemn nor pontifical, she may be the least flippant advice columnist in the business. —Ray Olson, Booklist, 1 May 1991
Despite its flippant name, the Greed Index has proven a remarkably prescient barometer of the market during the past 16 years. —Richard E. Rustin, Wall Street Journal, 29 May 1984
He made a flippant response to a serious question.
<his flippant comment that the poor save on taxes offended many people>
Origin of flippant
probably from 1flip (see 1flip)
First Known Use: 1599
FLIPPANT Defined for Kids
Definition of flippant
: not respectful or serious <a flippant response>
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