adjective Etymology: probably from 1flip Date: 1599 1. archaic glib, talkative 2. lacking proper respect or seriousness • flippantly adverb

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  • Flippant — Flip pant, a. [Prov. E. flip to move nimbly; cf. W. llipa soft, limber, pliant, or Icel. fleipa to babble, prattle. Cf. {Flip}, {Fillip}, {Flap}, {Flipper}.] 1. Of smooth, fluent, and rapid speech; speaking with ease and rapidity; having a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flippant — Flip pant, n. A flippant person. [R.] Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flippant — flippant, e adj. Qui procure les effets de la drogue (drogue). / Démoralisant, qui fait peur : C est flippant …   Dictionnaire du Français argotique et populaire

  • flippant — index brazen, frivolous, impertinent (insolent), insolent, presumptuous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flippant — c.1600, talkative; 1670s, displaying unbecoming levity, apparently an extended form of FLIP (Cf. flip) (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly …   Etymology dictionary

  • flippant — [adj] irreverent brassy, breezy, cheeky*, cocky, disrespectful, flighty, flip*, fresh, frivolous, glib, impertinent, impudent, insolent, lippy*, nervy*, offhand, pert, playful, rude, sassy*, smart*, smart alecky*, superficial; concept 401 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • flippant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not showing the proper seriousness or respect. DERIVATIVES flippancy noun flippantly adverb. ORIGIN originally in the senses «nimble» and «talkative»: from FLIP(Cf. ↑flip) …   English terms dictionary

  • flippant — [flip′ənt] adj. [Early ModE, nimble, prob. < FLIP1] 1. Obs. glib; talkative 2. frivolous and disrespectful; saucy; impertinent flippantly adv …   English World dictionary

  • flippant — 2. flipper [ flipe ] v. intr. <conjug. : 1> • v. 1970; de l angl. amér. to flip « secouer, agiter » ♦ Fam. 1 ♦ Être abattu, déprimé lorsque la drogue a fini son effet. 2 ♦ Par ext. Être déprimé. ♢ Être angoissé, avoir peur. ⇒ baliser.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • flippant — flip|pant [ˈflıpənt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: FLIP1] not being serious about something that other people think you should be serious about ▪ a rather flippant remark flippant about ▪ You shouldn t be flippant about such things.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flippant — [[t]flɪ̱pənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person or what they say as flippant, you are criticizing them because you think they are not taking something as seriously as they should. Don t be flippant, damn it! This is serious! …   English dictionary

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