flippant flippant  /f ˈlɪ pənt/


  • (adj) showing inappropriate levity


  1. To this inconsequential libretto, Menotti added a fluffy, flippant, craftsmanlike score, bristling with tart melodies and limpid orchestration.
  2. I guess it was kind of flippant.
  3. Out of context, that scene may seem flippant next to the real-life conflict in the streets.


  • Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson being released from jail

    Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he'd had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong – especially in a domestic violence case.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Kennebec Journal


  1. Sir Richard replied: "I do not want to be flippant, I'm tempted to say I'm flattered, but this is such an absurd allegation that it is difficult to deal with. It's completely off the map. I cannot think of any other way of saying it."
    on Feb 20, 2008 By: Richard Dearlove Source: BBC News

  2. "I accept that in the heat of the moment on Saturday night, I overstepped the mark with a flippant comment I directed at Cory Paterson," Slater said in the statement. "What was said was insensitive given what Cory has been through over the...
    on Mar 22, 2010 By: Billy Slater Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "I ought to call Bobby and see when he's going to roll over," Paterno said. "I'm kidding. I don't mean to be flippant, because I think that's a serious question, but I haven't got the slightest idea what you're talking about."
    on Dec 20, 2007 By: Joe Paterno Source: SI.com

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