Insolent meaning

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Boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; impertinent; impudent.
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Audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent or impudent.
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(archaic) Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
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(now rare) Arrogantly contemptuous; overbearing.
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Insolent is defined as disrespectful or arrogant.

An example of someone insolent is a student who talks back to a teacher.

An example of someone insolent is a criminal who acts up during a trial.

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Origin of insolent

  • Middle English from Latin īnsolēns īnsolent- immoderate, arrogant in- not in–1 solēns present participle of solēre to be accustomed

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

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin insolens (“unaccustomed, unwanted, unusual, immoderate, excessive, arrogant, insolent”), from in- (“priv.”) + solens, present participle of solere (“to be accustomed, to be wont”).

    From Wiktionary