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[flip-uh nt] /ˈflɪp ənt/

frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity:
The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
Archaic. glib; voluble.
marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
impertinent; saucy
(obsolete) talkative or nimble

1746, from flippant + -cy.

c.1600, “talkative;” 1670s, “displaying unbecoming levity,” apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.


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