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’
    • ‘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 shrugged, and though he tried to appear nonchalant she could tell he was pleased by her approval, which made her smile even more.’
    • ‘He shrugged, utterly nonchalant, and it was then she realised he hadn't touched a drop of rum all evening.’
    • ‘He was very nonchalant, very offhand at the press conference when he was making those comments.’
    • ‘Sanderson, 64 last week, is characteristically nonchalant at the prospect.’
    • ‘Bowyer, on the other hand, displayed a nonchalant grin, full of boyish bravado.’
    • ‘About halfway across the parking lot, she slowed her pace, trying to appear nonchalant.’
    • ‘Jessica sounded nonchalant, but secretly she loved the fact that her target was Miranda.’
    • ‘I headed towards the English department doing my best to be nonchalant.’
    • ‘However, like many divers, Lisa is quite nonchalant about the unexpected visitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doc Charlie would casually flirt with the nonchalant female who would ever so calmly refuse.’
    • ‘Sean gave a nonchalant shrug in reply and sat down on the edge of his bed.’
    • ‘She was talking about my present life in such a nonchalant way and acting as though it wasn't important.’
    • ‘They are ostentatiously nonchalant, disinclined to become too involved, at least to begin with.’
    • ‘He'd said it in such an offhand and nonchalant manner, though, that I decided to let it drop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kyle smiled down at his father and tried to correct his posture and look very cool and nonchalant at the same time.’
    • ‘They both act very nonchalant, as though there is absolutely no attraction, but anyone with eyes could see straight through it.’
    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.