An example of flippant is when you make a sarcastic comment in response to a serious question.
- Obs. glib; talkative
- frivolous and disrespectful; saucy; impertinent
Origin of flippantEarly ModE, nimble, probably ; from flip
- Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert: apologized for his flippant remark.
- Archaic Talkative; voluble.
Origin of flippantProbably from flip.
(comparative more flippant, superlative most flippant)
1595, from Northern English dialectal flippand (“prattling, babbling, glib”), present participle of flip (“to babble”), of North Germanic origin. Cognate with Icelandic fleipa (“to babble, prattle”), Swedish dialectal flepa (“to talk nonsense”). Alteration of -and suffix (a variant of the participial -ing) to -ant probably due to influence of words in -ant.