What does flippant mean?

Definitions for flippant
ˈflɪp əntflip·pant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flippant, light-mindedadjective

    showing inappropriate levity

Wiktionary

  1. flippantadjective

    glib.

    Etymology: 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 .

  2. flippantadjective

    nimble; limber.

    Etymology: 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 .

  3. flippantadjective

    Lacking respect or seriousness, showing levity; pert.

    Etymology: 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. Flippantadjective

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

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

  2. Flippantadjective

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

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

  3. Flippantnoun

    a flippant person

    Etymology: [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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of flippant in a Sentence

  1. Mallory Quigley:

    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.

  2. Pete Seat:

    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.

  3. Jim Spellman/Getty Images:

    Our [assistant director, Dave Halls] never seemed flippant about safety, he may have in other shows, but he wasn't like that on ours. Obviously he screwed up majorly that day. He was stressed because the camera walkout had us an hour and a half behind and he made the most horrible call he could make.

  4. Rick Santorum:

    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.

  5. Melissa George:

    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 don’t deserve it.

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