Flippant definition

flĭpənt
Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert.

Apologized for his flippant remark.

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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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(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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(archaic) Talkative; voluble.
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Frivolous and disrespectful; saucy; impertinent.
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(obs.) Glib; talkative.
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Origin of flippant

  • Probably from flip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary