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Examples of nonchalant in a Sentence
- In those stories, we already find the qualities the world would come to know as "Kafkaesque": the nonchalant intrusion of the bizarre and horrible into everyday life, the subjection of ordinary people to an inscrutable fate. —Adam Kirsch, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009
- … watch his iron-backed posture as he rides a horse and listen to the nonchalant way in which, not barking but speaking he says "Fire" to the line of infantry, like someone asking for a light. —John Updike, New Yorker, 30 Sept. 2002
- He and Anita (and an ancient, nonchalant Lhasa apso … ) live in a gated community, surrounded by high, vine-covered walls, redolent of Wrigley, that embrace a golf club and an attractive thicket of large houses … —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 19 Mar. 2001
- It was thrilling to watch them, the regulars, so nonchalant, so composed as they slipped from Senate cloakroom to Senate hideaway, sharing jokes with powerful men old enough to be their fathers. —Ward Just, New York Times Book Review, 28 May 1989
He was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award.
She faced the crowd with the nonchalant ease of an experienced speaker.
The team may have been somewhat nonchalant at the beginning of the season, but they now know that they need to work hard.
Recent Examples of nonchalant from the Web
In another campaign image, the ladies pose on front of a rooftop pool overlooking L.A. as the five-year-old gives her best nonchalant hair flip to the camera.
The House seemed to have been similarly nonchalant.
Cal Fire officials were not as nonchalant, warning that even with cooler temperatures forecast for this week the danger remains high, especially with the July 4 holiday on Wednesday expected to bring out countless people with lighters and matches.
Hollywood has generally been kind of nonchalant about its portrayal of marijuana use on the screen.
Tarek has acted similarly nonchalant about the untraditional arrangement.
Bridgeport police have released a video of a nonchalant package thief in hopes the public can identify her.
But in a moment when activewear has cornered more of the market than ever, Outdoor Voices has come to epitomize the possibility of dressing for comfort in clothes that confer a nonchalant brand of cool.
Cooke is deliciously nonchalant in her sociopathic callousness while Taylor-Joy sells the repression of a young woman who looks like her French twist and perfect Peter Pan collar are conspiring to strangle her.
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Stay Cool With the History of nonchalant
Since "nonchalant" comes ultimately from Latin words meaning "not" and "be warm," it's no surprise that the word is all about keeping one's cool. The French word nonchalant, which we borrowed around 1734, has essentially the same meaning as our English word and was derived in Old French from a verb, "nonchaloir," which meant "to disregard." "Nonchaloir" in turn combines the negative "non-" with "chaloir," which means "to concern" and comes from the Latin calēre ("to be warm"). "Unconcerned" is one synonym of "nonchalant," along with "casual," "complacent," and "insouciant."
Synonym Discussion of nonchalant
- kept a cool head
- the composed pianist gave a flawless concert
- the nurse stayed calm and collected
- harried but unruffled
- the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling
- a nonchalant driver
NONCHALANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonchalant for English Language Learners
: relaxed and calm in a way that shows that you do not care or are not worried about anything
NONCHALANT Defined for Kids
Definition of nonchalant for Students
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