adjective in·so·lent \ˈin(t)-s(ə-)lənt\

: rude or impolite : having or showing a lack of respect for other people

Full Definition of INSOLENT

:  insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct :  overbearing
:  exhibiting boldness or effrontery :  impudent
insolent noun
in·so·lent·ly adverb

Examples of INSOLENT

  1. Insolent behavior will not be tolerated.
  2. <an appallingly insolent reply to a reasonable request>
  3. … the tempos were all-out fast and the tone was flat-out insolent. To some, rock-and-roll was as threatening as Communism and desegregation. —Margo Jefferson, New York Times, 26 Oct. 1994

Origin of INSOLENT

Middle English, from Latin insolent-, insolens unaccustomed, overbearing, from in- + solens, present participle of solēre to be accustomed; perhaps akin to Latin sodalis comrade — more at sib
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of INSOLENT

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.
INSOLENT Defined for Kids


adjective in·so·lent \ˈin-sə-lənt\

Definition of INSOLENT for Kids

:  showing lack of respect for rank or authority
in·so·lent·ly adverb


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