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Meaning of FLIPPANT

Pronunciation:  'flipunt

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  showing inappropriate levity

FLIPPANT is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: frivolous, light-minded



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 voluble tongue; talkative.
             It becometh good men, in such cases, to be flippant
             and free in their speech.             --Barrow.
    2. Speaking fluently and confidently, without knowledge or
       consideration; empty; trifling; inconsiderate; pert;
       petulant. ``Flippant epilogues.'' --Thomson.
             To put flippant scorn to the blush.   --I. Taylor.
             A sort of flippant, vain discourse.   --Burke.
  2. \Flip"pant\, n.
    A flippant person. [R.] --Tennyson.
Thesaurus Terms
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