Definition of flippant in English:



  • Not showing a serious or respectful attitude.

    ‘a flippant remark’
    • ‘James Mason was not a man prone to wild hyperbole or flippant remarks.’
    • ‘This flippant remark pinpoints an essential truth: Mae West was a woman who lived as if she were a man.’
    • ‘Zach flailed against the cuffs, his rage escalating at her flippant attitude.’
    • ‘Millar is no stranger to the flippant remark, and he does not specify exactly what he might deliver.’
    • ‘Though it may seem flippant to say so, she's certainly damaged enough to be a star.’
    • ‘Lyle believes there are effective ways to put across a serious message without being flippant.’
    • ‘In the end the flippant attitude to the lack of car parking will have disastrous consequences for businesses in Skipton.’
    • ‘Behind the flippant name hides a serious message about religious ignorance.’
    • ‘When I'm with her, I feel like it's okay to be studious or stupid, serious or flippant.’
    • ‘Shaidanna rolled her eyes, suddenly realizing where Galen had picked up his flippant attitude.’
    • ‘The latter two chapter titles are too flippant for the serious situations they describe.’
    • ‘However, I do not wish to address all of contemporary arts with my flippant remarks.’
    • ‘Now I have to go and intimidate Mr Mills for a while as payback for his flippant remark.’
    • ‘For some, his work is too dark to be humorous, for others it is too flippant to be serious.’
    • ‘For a minute, I saw a smirk rise to his lips, and I thought he'd make some flippant remark.’
    • ‘He was irritated by Rob's flippant comments and attitude and wondered why Rob continued to bait him.’
    • ‘I could wear Armani suits and make flippant remarks in the House of Commons.’
    • ‘My boss was very supportive and saw the same flippant attitude I did when she spoke to them.’
    • ‘Even Owen, usually with such a flippant attitude about everything, had raised his eyebrows.’
    • ‘Groucho Marx's flippant remark about the inability of any photograph to capture his inner beauty is profoundly insightful.’
    frivolous, superficial, shallow, glib, thoughtless, carefree, irresponsible, insouciant, offhand
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Early 17th century: from flip + -ant, perhaps on the pattern of heraldic terms such as couchant and rampant. Early senses included ‘nimble’ and ‘talkative’, hence ‘playful’, giving rise to the current use ‘lacking seriousness’.