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flippant

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adjective flip·pant \ˈfli-pənt\

Simple Definition of flippant

  • : lacking proper respect or seriousness

Full Definition of flippant

  1. 1 archaic :  glib, talkative

  2. 2 :  lacking proper respect or seriousness

flip·pant·ly adverb

Examples of flippant

  1. 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

  2. … although she is neither solemn nor pontifical, she may be the least flippant advice columnist in the business. —Ray Olson, Booklist, 1 May 1991

  3. 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

  4. He made a flippant response to a serious question.

  5. <his flippant comment that the poor save on taxes offended many people>



Origin of flippant

probably from 1flip (see 1flip)


First Known Use: 1599



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