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I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
  calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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  • I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
  • How could she be so nonchalant about making him suffer?
  • When this new Kyle, sitting in my kitchen and telling jokes about all of his former teachers and my soon-to-be-yet-again-current ones, nonchalantly said "my girlfriend," I suddenly felt like my head had found a way to slightly float just above my new body, barely connected.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • "Don’t rush, act nonchalant," Amy cautioned.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese

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  • Dad, who was tapping on his pipe, pretending to be nonchalant so as not to apply any pressure,
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • He said this so nonchalantly, as if he was talking about a vacation to the Grand Canyon, or attending a wedding.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • I tried to sound nonchalant, so he wouldn’t know I was quaking in my boots.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • I’m twenty-three and sitting beside Catherine Hale; or rather, she’s sitting beside me, because she came into the lecture hall after I did, sliding nonchalantly across the bench until our thighs were touching and then shrinking away with a blush as though the contact were accidental.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • He smiled and leaned back, undeceived by my attempt at nonchalance.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She pretended nonchalance but she listened eagerly.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • I could feel that nonchalance begin to crack, replaced with regret, and finally with an increasing desperation.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • According to another of the controllers who handled 052 that night, Klotz spoke "in a very nonchalant manner. There was no urgency in the voice."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Mom asked about Dad, and Rico, tapping his finger on the counter, said he’d gone home. It was the way he said it, too nonchalant, too nervously offhand, too guilty, actually, that made Mom suspicious right away.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • I shrugged, working hard to be nonchalant.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Caught off guard, Clayton tried to sound nonchalant.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • I tried to sound normal and nonchalant.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • My driver ... drove nonchalantly and recklessly, averting collisions by the thinnest of margins, all without so much as a pause in the incessant stream of words spewing from his mouth:
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "There are plenty of fish in the sea," he tried to appear nonchalant.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • I force a laugh, trying to stay nonchalant.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • How could Minho act so nonchalant about it all?
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • grinning a broad, relaxed, nonchalant grin.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • he asked quietly, nonchalantly.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I would just nonchalantly say that I was trying to "bring the seventies back."
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • She tried to sound nonchalant.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Her glance caught Poirot’s and swept over him with the nonchalance of the uninterested aristocrat.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • She forced a quick smile, trying to act as nonchalant as possible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Eleazar frowned at Edward’s nonchalance.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The idea of a Bouncing Betty anti-personnel mine exploding at head height was enough to dispel any nonchalance in the troops.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The next morning I hung around the house for a while, and then nonchalantly whistled my way out to the barn.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • "Downers," the men called them; and the packing house had a special elevator upon which they were raised to the killing beds, where the gang proceeded to handle them, with an air of businesslike nonchalance which said plainer than any words that it was a matter of everyday routine.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • All I had to do was walk out of the dressing room, nonchalant, acting like I was still half-asleep and too out of it to notice Macon,
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Ruth was shaking but shrugged as nonchalantly as she could.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • "You should try it," she said, nonchalant, though in one way, she was taken aback too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • She was being very nonchalant about picking the leaves off a bit of twig broken from the bushes, careful not to look at Jack or me.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • "Urn I think he said he was a cop," she said nonchalantly.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Even Rudy stood completely erect, feigning nonchalance, tensing himself against the tension.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I shrug nonchalantly,
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • And he said nonchalantly, "I can waltz."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Also, Colton’s nonchalance struck me.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • I just got very cool and nonchalant.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I guessed Morgan would be there, and if I could come up with something sufficiently slick and nonchalant, he’d know for sure I was good.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "Okay," I said nonchalantly, "might as well."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • But as he watched, Dick Hallorann ... stepped nonchalantly through the wall.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Her oddness, her complete nonawareness of what the world thought of her, a nonchalance in the face of what I perceived to be imminent danger from blacks and whites who disliked her for being a white person in a black world.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Nonchalantly he picked his comic book off the floor and placed it on his lap.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • The problem with a handgun was that the muzzle was so short that you forgot about holding it away from you for safety’s sake; aiming was as simple and nonchalant as pointing your finger.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • So as nonchalantly as he could, he asked, "Um, thank you, all could I have a bit of that rice there?"
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • At the close of a performance Camila would return to her dressing room to find Uncle Pio whistling nonchalantly in one corner.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • How do you think she reacts to the sight of Dad floating nonchalantly over the kitchen table?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "Oh, Stevens," he began with a false air of nonchalance, but then seemed at a loss how to continue.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
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