Nonchalant meaning

nŏn'shə-länt'
Casually calm and relaxed.

We handled the whole frenetic situation with a nonchalant attitude.

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Without warmth or enthusiasm; showing cool lack of concern; casually indifferent.
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Casually unconcerned or indifferent.
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The definition of nonchalant is not showing interest.

An example of nonchalant is the response "whatever."

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He is far too nonchalant about such a serious matter.

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Origin of nonchalant

  • French from Old French present participle of nonchaloir to be unconcerned non- non- chaloir to cause concern to (from Latin calēre to be warm, heat up kelə-1 in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French nonchalant, from Old French nonchaloir (“to not be concerned"), from non- (“not") + chaloir (“to have concern for"), from Latin non 'not' + calere 'to be warm'
    From Wiktionary