Etymology
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flippant (adj.)

c. 1600, "talkative, nimble in talk;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). The ending is perhaps modeled on other adjectives in -ant or a relic of the Middle English present participle ending -inde. Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.

updated on November 26, 2014

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Definitions of flippant from WordNet

flippant (adj.)
showing inappropriate levity;
Synonyms: light-minded
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