Definitions for flippantˈflɪp ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flip•pantˈflɪp ənt(adj.)

  1. (v.i.)frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness.

  2. Archaic. glib; voluble.

Origin of flippant:

1595–1605; appar. flip1+ -ant


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

Translations for flippant

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not serious enough about important matters

a flippant reply.

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