Definitions for flippantˈflɪp ənt
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showing inappropriate levity
Lacking respect or seriousness, showing levity; pert.
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 .
of smooth, fluent, and rapid speech; speaking with ease and rapidity; having a voluble tongue; talkative
speaking fluently and confidently, without knowledge or consideration; empty; trifling; inconsiderate; pert; petulant
a flippant person
Origin: [Prov. E. flip to move nimbly; cf. W. llipa soft, limber, pliant, or Icel. fleipa to babble, prattle. Cf. Flip, Fillip, Flap, Flipper.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Politicians have survived plenty of unfortunate statements and events, but Trump is turning his greatest asset into a weakness. Flippant comments eventually catch up with you.
I wish I had never said that ... It was a flippant comment that should not have come out of my mouth. But the substance of what I said -- which is what I referred to -- I stand by that ... I wish I had not said it in the flippant term that I did. And I know people were offended by it and I wish I hadn't said it.
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- schnodderig, frech, vorlautGerman
- insolente, fresco, poco serioSpanish
- epäasiallinen, epäkunnioittavaFinnish
- cavalier, désinvolteFrench
- 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
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