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Examples of flippant in a Sentence
- 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
Recent Examples of flippant from the Web
Most people can't afford that kind of flippant cortisone use.
It’s much harder to be flippant about an idea that didn’t work.
As The Post's Colby Itkowitz reported last February, Trump’s flippant usage of such insults reflected a broader, often dismissive attitude about mental health in society.
The administration’s flippant attitude towards factual data is bad enough, but how long until Trump’s influence starts to affect the data itself?
The tone of the questions, judging from press reports, appears to have been overwhelmingly confrontational and dismissive, and even flippant.
Those flippant exchanges fluctuate from funny to flat.
A flippant — though by no means inaccurate — answer would have been 1619.
Bay Area band Warkrime has riled audiences with its confrontational attitude toward political ideologies and flippant use of derogatory terms.
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Does flippant Have a Positive or Negative Connotation?
Flippant did something of a flip-flop shortly after it appeared in English in the late 16th century. The word was probably created from the verb flip, which in turn may have originated as an imitation of the sound of something flipping. The earliest senses of the adjective were "nimble" and "limber." One could be flippant not only on one's feet, but also in speech—that is, someone flippant might have a capacity for easy, flowing speech. Such flippancy was considered a good thing at first. But people who speak freely and easily can sometimes seem too talkative, and even impertinent. By the end of the 18th century, the positive sense of flippant had slipped from use, and the "disrespectful" sense had taken its place.
Synonymscute, facetious, flip, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky, smart-ass, smart-assed, smarty-pants, wise, wiseass
Related Wordsflighty, frivolous; cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impish, impudent, mischievous, playful, roguish, sassy, saucy, waggish; disrespectful, rude; breezy, casual, glib, inappropriate, thoughtless
Near Antonymsgrave, serious, sober, solemn, somber (or sombre)
FLIPPANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flippant for English Language Learners
: lacking proper respect or seriousness
FLIPPANT Defined for Kids
Definition of flippant for Students
- a flippant response
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