Flippant meaning

flĭp'ənt
The definition of flippant is disrespectful or the lack of a serious attitude.

An example of flippant is when you make a sarcastic comment in response to a serious question.

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Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert.

Apologized for his flippant remark.

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(archaic) Glib; speaking with ease and rapidity.
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(chiefly dialectal) Nimble; limber.
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Showing disrespect through a casual attitude, levity, and a lack of due seriousness; pert.
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Talkative; voluble.
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Glib; talkative.
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Frivolous and disrespectful; saucy; impertinent.
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Origin of 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.