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Definition showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • Her response is entertaining, but the question deserves a less flippant answer.
flippant = having an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • She later apologized for her flippant comments.
  • flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • I am not meaning to be flippant and irreverent,
    Mark Twain  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • I had no idea you were intimate with her, or I should never have talked in this flippant, superficial way.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • One was the flippant contempt with which the guests evidently regarded her uncle, and the other, the easy insolence of their manner towards herself.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • There was nothing pert or flippant in her manner now,
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn't give a darn.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • flippant = not serious (casual, clever, or funny)
  • "That was flippant," she said, "I'm sorry."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • I had no idea if her expression was flippant or grave or what.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • "You can be either cruel instructor or concerned boyfriend." I tense up at the word "boyfriend." I didn't mean to use it so flippantly, but it's too late now.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • flippantly = with an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • Something about the middle pretty made it hard to be flippant. He was wisdom personified, his manner so serious and formal that Tally found herself wishing she had dressed up.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • flippant = show an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  • (Coming to her with genuine romantic flippancy) I will show you our mountains and our stars; and give you cool drinks from gourds and teach you the old songs and the ways of our people—and, in time, we will pretend that—(Very softly)—you have only been away for a day.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • flippancy = lack of seriousness
  • One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • flippancy = lack of seriousness
  • "Now, young man, we'll have no more flippancy," old Henry Thompson ordered.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He thought that he had already had time to lose his temper with Ivan, to show coolness to his brother, and to talk flippantly with Katavasov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Hana answers flippantly, just the way she should, but she's smiling now, and nodding at me.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He had no right to dismiss her jealousy so flippantly.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • So sincere, so humorless, that the legion commander withheld the flippant refusal he was about to make.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Don't speak flippantly or without thought, because your words will have impact far beyond what you intend.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The memory of Janice and Martin is a bit too raw for me to be flippant.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic

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