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Flippant

[fli-pənt]

Part of speech: adjective

1.

Showing a lack of respect

2.

Describing a remark made without thought or care

Examples of Flippant in a sentence

"Don't be so flippant with me—I'm trying to be serious."

"He was fun to be around, but his frequent flippant comments could be exhausting."

About Flippant

Many languages have their own version of flippant to describe the act or character of speaking too lightly about things. In Swedish, flepa means "to talk nonsense." In Iclandic, fleipa means "to babble."

Did you Know?

Flippant began its life as a positive word describing someone who was nimble in speech. It now carries a much more negative connotation.

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