Definition of Flippant

1. Adjective. Showing inappropriate levity.

Exact synonyms: Light-minded
Similar to: Frivolous
Derivative terms: Flippancy, Light-mindedness



Definition of Flippant

1. a. Of smooth, fluent, and rapid speech; speaking with ease and rapidity; having a voluble tongue; talkative.

2. n. A flippant person.

Definition of Flippant

1. Adjective. (archaic) glib. ¹

2. Adjective. (chiefly dialectal) nimble; limber. ¹

3. Adjective. Lacking respect or seriousness, showing levity; pert. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Flippant

1. impudent [adj] - See also: impudent

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flippant

flip over
flip side
flip sides
flip the bird
flipbook
flipbooks
flipchart
flipcharts
flipflop
flipflopped
flipflopping
flipflops
flipness
flippancies
flippancy
flippant (current term)
flippantly
flippantness
flippase
flippases
flipped
flipped out
flipper
flipper baby
flippered
flippering
flipperless
flipperlike
flippers
flippest

Literary usage of Flippant

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1. Hints on Advocacy: Conduct of Cases Civil and Criminal. Classes of Witnesses by Richard Harris (1884)
"THE flippant WITNESS. When a witness comes into the box with what is commonly called a " knowing " look, and with a determined pose of the head, ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"In "The Sheep- folds, " he is in his most flippant mood, and yet the purport of it is to prove that there is " a dead silence on the part of the Church on ..."

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