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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of flippant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of flippant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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.
This video is an offense to all women: those who have had an abortion and experienced deep pain and suffering after that choice, those who are conflicted on the issue, and even NARAL’s own constituents who they portray as angry and flippant.
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.
The one thing I certainly did n’t know was that nearly five years later, a clearly traumatized Melissa George would plead publicly to Australia for help after a very troubling incident of domestic violence in her French home and those words of hers would still be used against her by so many. Is Australia really so unforgiving that those flippant and somewhat ridiculous remarks will be held against her for years ? I just wanted to say sorry, Melissa George, you do n’t deserve 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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