Definition of nonchalant in English:



  • (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.

    ‘she gave a nonchalant shrug’
    • ‘About halfway across the parking lot, she slowed her pace, trying to appear nonchalant.’
    • ‘Doc Charlie would casually flirt with the nonchalant female who would ever so calmly refuse.’
    • ‘They are ostentatiously nonchalant, disinclined to become too involved, at least to begin with.’
    • ‘However, like many divers, Lisa is quite nonchalant about the unexpected visitors.’
    • ‘Kyle smiled down at his father and tried to correct his posture and look very cool and nonchalant at the same time.’
    • ‘I shrugged in the most nonchalant way possible and crawled up onto my knees so I could fall back to sit against the wall comfortably.’
    • ‘She was talking about my present life in such a nonchalant way and acting as though it wasn't important.’
    • ‘As soon as I got a chance to turn around to look at him in a suitably subtle and nonchalant manner, I did so.’
    • ‘He was very nonchalant, very offhand at the press conference when he was making those comments.’
    • ‘He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.’
    • ‘Bowyer, on the other hand, displayed a nonchalant grin, full of boyish bravado.’
    • ‘He shrugged, and though he tried to appear nonchalant she could tell he was pleased by her approval, which made her smile even more.’
    • ‘The men swore again, wondering how Tori could be so nonchalant when so many things were going wrong.’
    • ‘There was so much intensity in his face, yet he appeared calm and nonchalant.’
    • ‘Sean gave a nonchalant shrug in reply and sat down on the edge of his bed.’
    • ‘Sanderson, 64 last week, is characteristically nonchalant at the prospect.’
    • ‘They both act very nonchalant, as though there is absolutely no attraction, but anyone with eyes could see straight through it.’
    • ‘I headed towards the English department doing my best to be nonchalant.’
    • ‘He shrugged, utterly nonchalant, and it was then she realised he hadn't touched a drop of rum all evening.’
    • ‘Jessica sounded nonchalant, but secretly she loved the fact that her target was Miranda.’
    untroubled, unworried, unruffled, unconcerned, lacking concern, indifferent, blasé, heedless, relaxed, calm, equable, equanimous, serene, composed, casual, easy, easy-going, airy, breezy, carefree, free and easy, free from care, free from worry, happy-go-lucky, light-hearted, frivolous, unserious
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Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘not being concerned’, from the verb nonchaloir.