What does flippant mean?

Definitions for flippantˈflɪp ənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flippant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flippant, light-minded(adj)

    showing inappropriate levity


  1. flippant(Adjective)


  2. flippant(Adjective)

    nimble; limber.

  3. flippant(Adjective)

    Lacking respect or seriousness, showing levity; pert.

  4. Origin: 1595, from Northern English dialectal flippand, present participle of flip, of origin. Cognate with Icelandic fleipa, Swedish dialectal flepa. Alteration of -and suffix (a variant of the participial -ing) to -ant probably due to influence of words in .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flippant(adj)

    of smooth, fluent, and rapid speech; speaking with ease and rapidity; having a voluble tongue; talkative

  2. Flippant(adj)

    speaking fluently and confidently, without knowledge or consideration; empty; trifling; inconsiderate; pert; petulant

  3. Flippant(noun)

    a flippant person

  4. Origin: [Prov. E. flip to move nimbly; cf. W. llipa soft, limber, pliant, or Icel. fleipa to babble, prattle. Cf. Flip, Fillip, Flap, Flipper.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flippant

    flip′ant, adj. quick and pert of speech: thoughtless.—ns. Flipp′ancy, Flipp′antness, pert fluency of speech: pertness.—adv. Flipp′antly. [Skeat explains as for flipp -and (Old Northumbrian pr.p. ending)—Ice. fleipa, to prattle.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flippant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flippant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for flippant

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • непочтителенBulgarian
  • schnodderig, frech, vorlautGerman
  • insolente, fresco, poco serioSpanish
  • epäasiallinen, epäkunnioittavaFinnish
  • cavalier, désinvolteFrench
  • virðingarlausIcelandic
  • frivolo, faceto, gradasso, spaccone, sapientone, irriverente, disinvolto, impertinente, fanfaroneItalian
  • なまいき, ぶしつけJapanese
  • spottend, oneerbiedigDutch
  • eplekjekk, flåsete, flåsetNorwegian
  • наглый, дерзкий, нахальныйRussian
  • 輕率Chinese

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